CRACKER: The sand arena went off with a bang on Saturday night in Monto.
CRACKER: The sand arena went off with a bang on Saturday night in Monto. Mackenzie Colahan

Hard work pays off for Monto Show

REVELLERS at the weekend's Monto Show kicked on into the early hours of the morning and the entire organising committee should be commended for another fantastic event.

A huge crowd poured through the gates for the two-day extravaganza and there were plenty of options to keep show-goers entertained this year.

Sideshow alley was packed all weekend but the hype centred around the sand arena for the farmers challenge, Walter Whip performance and rodeo on Saturday night.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers was spotted enjoying the festivities with friends and said she believed local shows have never been more important.

"Rural shows help to preserve the traditions of country Australia,” Cr Chambers said.

"With each passing year it becomes even more important to hold on to these events as they both honour our history and inspire the future leaders.

"They are also great fun.”

Exhausted president Amanda Goody was humbled by the community's response and said little changes each year have helped to keep the show relevant to new audiences.

"I'm really happy,” Ms Goody said.

"The kids have been having a great time.

"It takes hundreds of volunteers to get the show off the ground, and every one of them makes this show what it is.

"I'm so thankful for those people who gave up their time so that others can enjoy themselves.”

Elizabeth Dades Glase had the novelty of attending her first Monto show as Miss Showgirl.

"What a fantastic experience,” Ms Dades Glase said.

"I had do idea what it would be like, but the show definitely exceeded my expectations.

"People have been approaching me and it has been so great mingling with the community.”

Rural Ambassador Cameron Bygrave had his hands full with official duties during the day but was happy he took on the extra responsibility this year.

"I really liked being involved and seeing what it's all about,” Mr Bygrave said.

"In the future I hope the Rural Ambassador is built up to become a big part of the show again, like it used to be.

"It would be nice to see some involvement from the young people in the community.

"We can't leave all the work to the older people.”


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