ABOUT 10,000 people are expected to pass through the gates of the Proserpine Showgrounds this Friday and Saturday for the region’s 102nd annual show.
Show Whitsunday president Donna Rogers said this year’s event would contain the usual mix of something for everyone, regardless of age.
“I think our goal is always to produce an event that no matter what age you are, you can enjoy it, whether you’re a child coming to see the animals, or a group of teenagers wanting to hang out with your friends on the rides, or someone that’s 25 or older and wanting to catch up with a group of friends at the bar,” she said.
In addition to all the regular features, this year’s show has some returning favourites and a couple of brand new acts.
This year’s headline act is David Manchon’s Rooftop Express Show, which is sure to delight the crowds with its displays of highly skilled horsemanship and cattle handling skills – all on the roof of a truck. The show was a crowd-puller at the 2013 Brisbane Ekka and has travelled much of Australia since.
Also coming to Show Whitsunday is MC Scoot. Whether juggling chainsaws, riding a three-metre unicycle, or performing giant bouncing ball acrobatics, MC Scoot’s brand new solo show is expected to be a hit.
New for the kids is the Bubble Muffin Children’s Cooking Club – an educational interactive presentation for children aged five to 12. On Friday, there’s also a miniature pig race, to be held in Fig Tree Park.
Back by popular demand are Toots the Magic Clown and Melville’s Animal Farm, which allows children to get up close and personal with cute and cuddly farm animals such as baby goats, ducklings, lamas and guinea pigs.
Art, craft and trade shows are another major feature of the two-day event, with locals exhibiting their wares and striving to be the best they can in the various competitions.
Ms Rogers said in many ways the essence of the show was the same as when it started over a century ago
“It’s almost like an annual community gathering – just a chance for people to catch up and enjoy the entertainment,” she said.
The show opens at 8am on Friday, with all the rides of Sideshow Alley opening at 1pm. A fireworks display will be held at 8.30pm.
Entry is $15 for adults, $10 for children over 13 and pensioners and $5 for children under 13.
For more information visit http://www.showwhitsunday.com.au
What: Show Whitsunday
Where: Proserpine Showgrounds, Jupp Street
When: June 20-21
Cost: $15 adults, $10 concessions / children over 13, $5 children under 13
For more information: http://www.showwhitsunday.com.au
Special bus time tables will be running