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Caloundra City Show
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 22 March 2005

The Caloundra City Show (formerly Maleny Show) is held at the Maleny Showgrounds on the last weekend of May each year.

This show has the reputation of being one of the best little agricultural shows around.  Maleny still retains its agricultural past and this is evident in the quality of displays and events at the show.  There are large sections in dairy and beef cattle, horses, farm animals, dogs and cats.

The grand-parade is always a great representation of the quality product produced in the area as well as vehicle and machinery  displays.

There is also plenty of fun with a large side show alley.

Crowds gather on the hillside surrounding the main ring to watch the various events being presented.  There is non stop activity in this ring.

A second ring has other events such as a dog and cat show and other similar activities.

A number of permanent pavilions house dairy and beef cattle, horses, poultry, exhibitions of arts and crafts.

A popular class is the cooking section and the entrants look for a recognition of their culinary arts.

Maleny and District has a strong arts and craft industry.    Many of these  talented craftspeople display their craft in the craft section.  Demonstrations by some of the crafts people, including woodworkers and wood turners all add to the excitement of the day.

Photo Left shows some pampered pouches going before the judges for the Caloundra City Show Dog Show.

People come from the Sunshine Coast area and Brisbane areas to visit the show.

Contestents in the various activities held at the show come from all around Australia, particularly those entering the many horse events.

Whilst many rural shows of recent years have felt hard times and increased pressures in regard to insurance costs the Caloundra City Show continues to grow in numbers of those attending and as a result in the number of activities and events being held.

Whilst the workers at the show are volunteers and come together for this once a year event the show is a most professionally organised event.  To make an event such as this happen it takes a full year to complete all of the organisional tasks.   The two weeks before the show takes place there is hurried activities by volunteers organising the show grounds and getting the many arenas ready for those few days and nights.

Maleny and the surrounding area was first populated by dairy farmers and woodcutters thus there is a large concentration on those industries in the program.

Photo Right shows some of the large number of dairy cattle bedded down the night before the judging.   The farmers take the judging serious and much effort is taken up in getting their cattle ready for the big day.

On the last night before the show the many dairy farmers gather together with their cattle in the dairypavilion for a "family get together" with a B.B.Q. and a quiet drink.   For many this is the only time that they get together as a group each year.

Photo left overlooks a portion of the main ring with horse events being judged.  Horses come from around Australia to enter the many events as points from here count in many of Australia's horse competitions.  This helps to keep a very high standard of horsemanship and animal on show.

Another popular entertainment item at the show has been the horse stunts with the Man from Susan River who is able to show deft handling of his horses whether under rider, rope or rein.
His horses, of which there are a number listen to his every word and obey his commands.

As usual many friends gather at the show and socialise.  Again many do not see others for long periods of time but the local show always brings them back together for one weekend in May each year.

Where better to catch up with old friends than at the bar.   In the photo below old mates "Smeeto" and Corey have a quiet drink together.

At the end of the show prizes are distributed to winners and one of the most coverted is the trophy for the overall champion woodchopper of the show.

The woodchop events at this show are all well entered and the overall prize is donated by the Maleny Hotel.   Under the direction of Steward Barry Miller wood chop events continue to grow in both entrant numbers and spectator numbers.   The shield hangs in the main bar of the hotel on show to patrons there showing those woodchoppers good enough to take out overall show championship.



As with every show it would not be a real show without the side show alley.  Sideshow alley at the Maleny Show has all the rides of a metropolitan show along with the knockems and food stores.


Photo above:   Young and old alike enjoy a stroll down side show alley

Photo Left:  Ron Wilson in his 1928 model T ford utility.  This utility is presently undergoing a full restoration.   This utility was first used on Stradbroke Island hauling logs and working aound a sawmill.  Ron has been a long time owner and hopes to have it back in "showroom condition".

Photos below:  No self respecting show would be complete without night events.  A number of years ago the Maleny Show Society "saw the light" and installed lights on the main ring thus allowing for night events.  No night events would be complete without some fireworks for the "kids, young & old."



Australia's largest national flag arrives by special delivery.

A section of the crowd enjoying some of the horse events.
Just because night comes does not mean that the show stops at sundown.  Fireworks, a Rodeo and other events continue well into the night.  (Photo below shows a part of the ring at night under lights.)


Hope you come and enjoy a day at the Maleny Show - the last weekend in May each year.


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