Valley puts on a great 2013 show
PERFECT weather and a 2000-plus crowd helped make the 2013 Mary Valley Show one of the best on record, show society president Barry Grainger said yesterday.
Despite clashing with the Ekka - or perhaps because of it - the Imbil showgrounds attracted one of its biggest line-ups yet in the ring events.
Some horse owners deserted the Ekka this year due to its requirement that all attending and competing horses be vaccinated against the deadly hendra virus.
But the Valley show also clashed with the State Show Jumping Championships, held at Caboolture at the weekend, so show jumping entrant numbers were down.
Chief ring steward Kristi Garrett said word was also getting out about the high prize money and quality prizes that could be won at the Mary Valley Show, which was contributing to the climbing numbers.
Mr Grainger, who has been a member of the Mary Valley Show Society for 44 years and president for the past three, said 2013 had been one of their biggest events yet.
"We jagged the weather and the crowd," he said. Strong number in the wood chop and stud cattle ring kept show-goers happy, and the Eljay freestyle motorbike and push bike shows were all packed out.
Veteran woodchop steward Len Summers successfully handed over the reins to new chief steward Sam Johnston.
Apiculture results of the Mary Valley Show:
- Class 1 (light honey): 1st Vic Finney, 2nd Glen Craig, 3rd John Finney;
- Class 2 (pale amber): 1st Glen Craig, 2nd Glen Craig, 3rd N.J.Salt;
- Class 4 (dark): 1st Christine Frank, 2nd Sandra Coote;
- Class 5 (granulated): 1st N.F.Salt, 2nd A&S Craig, 3rd N.F.Salt;
- Class 6 (Whipped): 1st Tom Codde;
- Class 8 (Block Wax): 1st N.J.Salt;
- Champion Honey: Glen Craig.