By Angela Norval
With a proud tradition of providing a celebrated community event for the whole family, the BRC Bundaberg Show is back for another year.
Held from 26 to 28 May, this year marks an incredible 127 years that the Bundaberg Show has been held and the management committee have been working solidly throughout the past 12 months to ensure once again it is an event to remember.
The Bundaberg Show is a reflection of many dedicated hours by a considerable volunteer workforce starting with the show management committee.
Bundaberg Show Committee president Maree See said the Bundaberg Show, from contractors through to equipment hire, entertainment and prize money, was funded solely by gate takings and site sales, so continued community support was vital to its continuing success.
“We are exceptionally proud of the extensive array of attractions, local club and schools, entertainment, rides and more that will be on display at the Bundaberg Show this year,” she said.
“The beauty of the show is that it really involves the community on some many levels allowing them a platform to display and exhibit their products or services and compete with their particular article, work, goods or animals in a very wide range of competitions.
“There really is something for everyone whether five or 95 years old and given that the grounds are all on one level makes access that much easier; although any people with special needs is welcome to contact the show office and easy access to the grounds can be arranged.”
With gates opening daily at 8am and not closing until 8.30pm it truly will be a case of where do you start.
There is a welcome educational section, where district schools are able to showcase their talent through different competitions including cooking and artwork.
One long-time favourite of the Bundaberg Show is Viv’s Animal Farm, which is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy an interactive animal farm with goats, sheep, alpacas, piglets, ducks and chickens.
Another favourite with families is Professor Wallace’s Puppet Theatre, which is one of the oldest continuous performing acts in Australia.
The origins go back more than 100 years when your great grandparents were kids; meaning he is not only part of puppet history but a part of Australian history.
Professor Wallace’s puppet theatre is a variety show combining traditional wooden hand puppets, marionettes and modern muppets, with all performances including audience interaction.
Other attractions of the show not to be missed include:
• Medieval battles and their authentic campsite displays;
• The excitement and fun of sideshow alley;
• Pavilions with vendor displays and exhibits;
• Horse competitions in the centre ring on Wednesday and Thursday;
• Poultry display and competitions;
• Pavilions with fine art, woodwork, crafts, cooking, plants and flowers, jewellery and more, and outside vendor sites with products for sale; and
• Coral Coast Remote Control Car Club.
Then on Friday 28 May from 5pm, some nail-biting action gets started with the 13.32 4BU Bundaberg Show Rodeo.
All people who purchase the entry gate ticket online for Friday must also select grandstand seating for the rodeo as seats are limited.
There will be plenty of junior and senior action from bull rides to barrel racing, so it is worthwhile making sure you have your seating allocation.
“We are very appreciative of the support of our sponsors including the Bundaberg Regional Council allowing us to continue to bring this fabulous event to the community for another year,” Maree said.
“I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their continued hard work and also Patricia Flynn, who really is my right hand.”