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Maleny Show
a huge success
by Kate Johns

This year’s 67th Caloundra City Show at Maleny Showgrounds was a huge hit with a near record crowd of around 10,000 people enjoying two days of absolutely perfect weather.  The greatly anticipated parachuter took flight on Friday and landed with the Australian flag and was welcomed by enthusiastic applause from onlookers.

Old Macdonalds Farm proved to be number one on the kids’ top ten entertainment list with a constant flow of children lining up eagerly to play with the farm animals.  Horse whisperer, Guy McLean had the crowd in absolute awe with his exceptional display of horsemanship and bush poetry.

If you had a punt at ‘Guess the Weight’, you were incorrect – as no-one guessed the correct weight of the fat steer.  Ten people came close however and were just one kilogram off the correct answer which was 634kg.  The winner, a vegetarian, won a meat tray!

The Maleny Show proves to be the best agricultural show in South-East Queensland. Not many shows nowadays can boast wood chopping, dog jumping and ute show events, to name a few, in its entertainment line-up.  With the Maleny show growing in size each year it would be impossible to organise if it weren’t for the commitment of the volunteers and sponsors.

Maleny Show Society president Ivan Hankinson said the process relies heavily on community support.  “We had over 80 volunteers during the two days participating in making this year’s show – one of the best ever yet,” said Ivan.

“On Sunday we had over 60 volunteers help clean up the grounds so that at 4.30 that afternoon you would not have known that their had been a show.  “I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped set up prior to the show, during and at clean-up.”  Ivan has been Show president for the past 14 years.   His father and grandfather were also heavily involved in the Show.  Ivan has noticed the same faces nearly every year donating their valuable time.

“I just hope that we see some younger people giving their time to help organise the show next year,” he said.  Ivan would like to thank all the major sponsors for their support in goods, money and business.

Also to the service clubs and stewards of various sections within the show from needle work down to livestock who donated their time..


Enjoying the wonderful weather were James and Greta Blatch of Maleny
. Pic: Kate Johns by Kate Johns

Guy McLean the horse whisperer had the
crowd amazed with his techniques.


Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.