Big crowds are expected at this year’s Redcliffe Show, with a massive program of events to thrill visitors of all ages.
The show is on June 25, 26 and 27 at Redcliffe Showgrounds.
There will be everything from traditional ring events and judging, to displays and competitions, the popular sideshow alley and even a dinosaur park display.
The night program will feature a human cannon, wheel of death, high wire motorcycle, Aussie FMX Motocross and monster fireworks finale at 8.30pm.
Redcliffe Show Society president Garry Barlow said he was looking forward to a big show and welcoming locals and visitors back after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s event.
Organisers have been working closely with Queensland Health on a COVID-Safe plan and introduced changes including online ticket purchasing, eftpos and QR code check-in
There are reduced limits on patron numbers within pavilions and people are asked to adhere to social distancing at all times.
Anyone who is unwell is asked to stay at home.
Entries are flooding in for exhibits and competitions, with stewards reporting record numbers in some categories.
Horticulture Head Steward Fay Greenstreet said she was keen to see what the peninsula’s green thumbs have produced in the past two years.
“We are looking forward to a bumper year of entries for our Horticulture Section. The Orchid Society is going to give demonstrations on the care of orchids and re-potting plants,” she said.
School Work Head Stewards Tanya Skorupski and Vanessa McIntyre said they were excited by the number of new schools displaying work this year.
“We have over 300 Prep students coming to visit us on Friday 25th – one of our largest Prep turnouts ever,” Ms McIntyre said.
“Be sure to visit the School Work Pavilion and prepare to be amazed at the artistic talents of our next generation.”
There have been a few changes in the Cookery section, due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to Head Steward Noeleen Sharpe.
“We will be operating under some new rules to comply with the COVID guidelines, but we are expecting to have a bumper year of entries in the cake and preserve sections,” she said.
“So, come visit the cooking hall during your time at the Redcliffe Show and prepare to be amazed. Get your ingredients together, get cooking and bring your entry into this year’s show.”
Art, Craft and Photography Head Steward Carmel McGowan said visitors to this year’s show would also see art demonstrations, pottery work and even a gem display.
“We always have great support from the Redcliffe Art Society, Redcliffe Pottery Club & Redcliffe Lapidary Club, they assist us with judging and displays,” she said.
“Entries are starting to flow in, so come check out the local artistic talent. You can even purchase your favourite artwork.”
Needlework Head Stewards Julie Taeffe-Hill and Barbara Mapp said visitors to the Needlework Pavilion could expect to see time-honoured exhibits of crocheting, knitting, fibre craft and demonstrations by Spinners & Weavers Association members.
“This year we have a new addition to our Dolls & Toys Category. We will have, on display, a small collection of exquisite porcelain figurines from representatives of the QLD Porcelain Dolls Studio,” Ms Mapp said.
Cattle Stewards Sue and Phil Hood said one of the highlights of the show on Saturday was the beef and dairy cattle judging and the hotly contested Young Paraders and Young Judges Competition, and this year would be no different.
What: 72nd Redcliffe Show
When: June 25 and 26, 8am-9pm; and June 27, 8am-4pm
Where: Redcliffe Showgrounds, Scarborough Rd
Tickets: Adults $12, pensioners and children (5-14 years) $6, infants free.
Buy tickets online at redcliffeshow.com or at the gate
Fireworks finale (8.30pm Friday and Saturday nights)