Monto Show promises to be a cracking time
TWO action-packed days of family fun are fast approaching with the 2018 instalment of the Monto & District Show now less than two weeks away.
An exciting new addition is the highly-anticipated performance from fire whip artist Walter Le Souef who has taken whip cracking to a new level.
Known by his moniker, Walter Whip, the 31-year-old Queenslander has wowed audiences around the country with his spectacular stunts and will fire up the arena crowd before the rodeo.
Be there to watch Miss Showgirl kick things off with the grand parade - a ceremonial procession of machinery, cattle and horses - to open the town's 88th annual show.
Show society president Amanda Goody said the beauty of the Monto Show is there's something for everyone.
"The Show is an event run by the community, for the community,” Ms Goody said.
"It's the perfect opportunity for people to come together and see the best that Monto has to offer.
"This event is especially important given the hardship the town has been through over the last few years - the show is more important than ever.”
After a one year hiatus due to the Rooftop Express show, the rodeo makes a comeback with a trifecta of bulls, broncs and barrels in the arena this year.
The show is a celebration of the both the district's rural culture and the next generation of community ambassadors.
The young farmers challenge is another crowd favourite returning, always drawing a big crowd to watch teams of 18 to 30-year-old farmers compete in a series of rural challenges.
Members of Monto State High School's cattle club, who have performed so well at other shows throughout the region, will be showing and parading their cattle.
Ms Goody said it was fantastic to see the community's response and how people have embraced the event.
"What a great way to showcase our young, up-and-coming agricultural kids - they're the future,” she said.
"Monto has high standards in everything we do.
"Everything on display is just brilliant - the photography, flowers, craft, cooking and livestock!”
There will be plenty of trade stalls, woodchop, the traditional stud and prime stock cattle judging and great live entertainment including chainsaw sculptor Shane Christensen.
Ms Goody said the committee had aimed to improve the experience for the youngest attendees.
"The younger folk were a real target for us this year,” she said.
"We're putting a lot on for the kids like free face painting, a magician show, sideshow alley and a performance from children's group Lemon Drops.”
Event organisers are expecting in excess of 2500 punters through the gates over the course of the weekend.