READY FOR ANYTHING: Show secretary Donna Dodson.
READY FOR ANYTHING: Show secretary Donna Dodson. Patrick Woods

Two days to go: Final preparations for Gympie Show

THE last eight months have been a challenging journey for Donna Dodson, but that's all about to pay off as the Gympie Show prepares to entertain over 40,000 people.

This Gympie Show marks Ms Dodson's first as Show Secretary, and it's a big step away from her work history in office managerial and safety.

"It's huge from every angle," Ms Dodson said.

"I've learned so, so much."

Gympie District Show president Joe Mooney said new rodeo events were bound to draw a crowd.



"With our numbers it looks like it's going to be a very good show," he said.

New sections include the junior bareback, novice bareback and the dog trials, while the carriage club will make a return for the first time in several years, and the show trots section was growing in entries.

Car enthusiasts will be revving the engines for the show's motor attractions.

"Machinery Alley is overbooked, we've had to add an extra row for them down there," Mr Mooney said.

"Plus we've got the Iron Summit."

The Over 40s Bull Ride and the Over 40s Bronc Ride are both qualifying events for world titles.

The draft horse competition's new home in the rodeo arena will bring show-goers a display of real ploughing.

He said there were too many events and attractions to remember.

"Gympie Show is always growing," he said.

"It's the biggest show that isn't a Royal in Queensland.

"They're not going to hand out any more Royals, but we're trying to make it that level."

While his heart belongs to the rodeo, Mr Mooney said the show offered something for everyone.

"Everyone comes to the show for something different," he said.

"The idea of having a show is trying to put something there they haven't seen before.

"It's about the overall package."

This year's show hasn't come without its challenges.

Mr Mooney said the show was desperately in need of volunteers, with paperwork and busier lifestyles reducing volunteer numbers this year.

He said technical issues with office computers had made more problems for the organisers.

But organisers can expect the weather to behave, with the chance of rain remaining low over the three show days.

Gympie looks set to feel a cold snap as the show begins, with temperatures dropping to a minimum of 10 degrees on Thursday.

Show tickets are available online at, from the Gypmie Show office at the showgrounds, or from the Goldfields and Central shopping centres in Gympie.


Show Secretary - Donna Dodson: Gympie show secretary Donna Dodson with show tickets now available.
Show Secretary - Donna Dodson: Gympie show secretary Donna Dodson with show tickets now available.