The Gympie Show at night, from the top of the ferris wheel.
The Gympie Show at night, from the top of the ferris wheel. Renee Pilchergreg Weir

Another showstopper

PATCHY rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of show-goers who enjoyed three days of entertainment, ring events, two spectacular fireworks displays and mostly fine weather at this year’s Gympie Show.

Despite families keeping a close eye on their budget, numbers were similar to last year, according to show secretary Deb Rowlands.

“We had good sales on our multi day passes and People’s Day was on par with last year.”

Show Society president Lars Hedberg was happy with how the event went, given the tough economic conditions.

“We haven’t done a final audit on numbers and takings yet, and we think numbers will be marginally less than last year, but in today’s challenging economic environment I think that is a pretty good result,” Mr Hedberg said.

While the weather didn’t create any adverse conditions for the show itself, Mr Hedberg said the rodeo copped some heavy rain on Saturday evening which unfortunately sent most of the big crowd home early.

But with the 123rd Gympie Show done and dusted there is little time to worry about what might have been, only how to improve things and make next year’s show bigger and better than ever.

“We are already planning for show 124,” he said.

“The success of our show is about the volunteers – many have been doing the show for decades and they know their jobs inside out.

"Vice president (of the Show Society) Joe Mooney Jnr did a fantastic job and of course secretary Deb Rowlands was dropped into the position five weeks out and was outstanding, as were all the office staff.”