Award winning exhibitors line up for the Grand Parade.
Award winning exhibitors line up for the Grand Parade. Renee Pilcher

Grand opening to 123rd Show

GYMPIE Show stalwart Margaret Barker officially opened the 123rd Show with an elegant speech.

The former Show Society secretary congratulated the current committee on a job well done and said their hard work had paid off.

As secretary for 24 years, Mrs Barker has seen a lot of change during her time and since her retirement.

Along with her husband Gene Barker, who was chief ring steward for many years, Mrs Barker has had a long involvement with the Gympie Show.

“We've enjoyed seeing the Show grow and develop into one of the best country shows in Australia,” she told the crowd.

“It's a significant achievement...and a tremendous effort from our volunteers.

“I have very fond memories of things we achieved during my time as secretary.”

There was a great line-up of livestock for the Grand Parade, which was said to be a credit to the Show Society. Many had never seen cattle do so well in both stud and dairy.

Show Society president Lars Hedberg said the parade was a great display of the diversity and richness of agricultural produce.

“The crowd today has been wonderful,” Mr Hedberg said.

“The weather has been fantastic. A little bit of rain (Thursday) night helped dampen the dust.

“We fully expect the crowd numbers to be similar to last year.”

Don't forget that the Gympie Show is still on today and the rodeo begins at 1pm.

There will be discounted tickets available at the gate so make no excuses and head out to the Gympie Showgrounds for one of the best country shows in the state.