Lee Evans in the newly painted Imbil Hall and kitchen.
Lee Evans in the newly painted Imbil Hall and kitchen. Renee Pilcher

Old shows new face, fresh change

IT has been a year full of change and repair for the Mary Valley Show Society and show president Sue McMah said the committee and loyal members were “getting back to the good old times”.

Ms McMah said a new face and fresh change was a good way to lift everyone’s spirits after the community had been subjected to all the uncertainty of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam.

One of the most significant changes has been to the Imbil Hall, which is currently undergoing a major facelift, supervised by show secretary Lee Evans.

The hall has been painted inside and the beautiful crows ash timber floor will be restored to its original glory in coming weeks. The hall’s kitchen has a new commercial stainless gas oven as well as a new two-door commercial fridge and the toilets have been spruced up while awaiting the construction of a planned new amenities block, to be built when funding becomes available.

“The show society this year has a calendar so full that the committee is wondering how they will fit everything in,” Ms McMah told The Gympie Times.

“And the pinnacle is the closing of the show’s 90th year.”

“To end the celebration (which has continued on from the 90th show in 2009), the committee has delayed the show ball to coincide with this year’s show and will have their celebration gala night just two weeks before on August 7.”

“Our hard working Showgirl Emma Waller has raised a large sum of money and goodwill for the benefit of the society and this will be our thank you to her and all involved in her fundraising efforts.”

Tickets have been greatly reduced to $35 per head, so everyone can afford to go, and includes dinner and entertainment by popular band Sneaky Pete.

As usual, the society will host the International Car Rally of Queensland over two days in July and this year will include a night of music and food with Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbott and his eight-piece band entertaining under the big marquee.

Next is the annual Show, Rodeo and Woodchop on August 21 with children able to enter a Lego construction section in the craft exhibits. This year sees the introduction of a beef cattle section, new exhibits and new rides.

To top the day off, Rob Black’s Dunny Can Band and Jamie Dunn and ‘Agro’ will kick off the entertainment immediately after the rodeo concludes. Fireworks will feature and the venue will be licensed. Announcer Alain Henderson will also be celebrating 50 years association with the Mary Valley Show.

September 25 and 26 sees the return of the restored Mary Valley Campdraft that was conducted last by Gympie Showgirl entrant Ashleigh Ensbey. It was a highly successful event and was run after a 30 year break.

October 23 sees the society hold an antique and collectables/car boot sale on the grounds and November 27 is the annual cent sale that draws people from far and near. I

To finalise the year, the society will again host the annual Community Children’s Christmas Party which is free for everyone and has loads of entertainment.

“The Show Society always welcomes new membership and is looking forward to working towards the 100 year anniversary. It is one of the oldest show societies in the region and is still growing strong,” Ms McMah said.