Flower Show blossoms for 76th year
GUESTS turned out in the highest numbers in five years when the 76th Annual Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church Flower Show and Fete was held last Saturday.
The local, traditional event, brought the community together to celebrate the beginning of Spring under the theme "Looking into my garden” with a variety of local flowers, crafts and baked goods exhibited.
There were special performances from a number of musical groups including the Proserpine primary School Childrens' Choir who have been attending the Flower Show for more than 20 years.
Whitsunday Dance Connection also showcased their talented dancers with a variety of group and solo performances.
The event didn't come without its challenges, being held in the Cyclone Shelter for the second year due to damages to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre during Cyclone Debbie, but in true Proserpine spirit, the community pulled together and the event was hugely successful.
Proserpine Flower Show publicity officer Tina Hamilton said what she loves most is the amount of teamwork that goes into making an event like this possible each year.
"It's been interesting having to haul everything here to the Cyclone Shelter, but everyone comes together to create this beautiful event,” she said.
"It's got a lot to offer for everyone. It's got the flowers, you can sit down and enjoy a meal, there's entertainment. It's a lovely community event to celebrate Spring and we've had a really good turnout.
Prizes were awarded for categories of flowers, orchids and pot plants, vegetable and fruit, cakes, biscuit and slice, pickles, relish and jam and finally confectionery.
As well as ribbons and trophies which were awarded for champion gerbera, champion pansy, champion rose and champion cut bloom.
Next year's theme will be decided in the coming months, but there's no doubt that the Flower Show will continue to grow as a successful community-supported event for it's 77th year in 2019.