Craig Warhurst

Modern twist to old fashioned Show

ALL roads lead to the Gympie and District Show today as the three-day “Royal of the regions” kicks off with a bumper program, overflowing pavilions and non-stop action.

Traditional aspects of a good old fashioned country show get a modern twist and the result is an event that appeals to just about everyone.

It's always been a firm favourite with local residents and those from further afield, attracting thousands through the gates.

And they won't be disappointed says Show Society president Graham Engeman.

“Great family value,” is how he sums it up and few would disagree.

Mild autumn weather is predicted but chief ring steward John Warren won't say no to a light shower of rain overnight to freshen up the arena.

Yesterday he was already overseeing the start of the showjumping classes as the Beginners Trial got underway and with a record number of entries in the section overall he said the showjumping is not to be missed.

The ring announcer is the legendary Alain Henderson whose comprehensive and knowledgeable commentary is considered without peer.

“There are horses and riders competing from all over Australia and you'll see showjumping horses imported from Europe put through their paces in the SEQ Queensland Showjumping Championships,” Mr Warren said.