Show still full of spirit
LOOK past the flashing lights, the stunning entertainers and the ever-present show bags and it was easy to see the heart of Show Whitsunday is still alive in its 103rd year.
Proserpine Agricultural, Pastoral and Industrial Association president Donna Rogers said it was heartening to see after all this time the show was still a place were locals could catch up and chew the fat.
"When you head into the bar on a Friday night and you see all the different people of all ages catching up - some of them mightn't have seen each other for three months, six months or even a year," she said.
"That was the original intention 103 years ago, for people to come together, and I think that's still a part of the show today.
"Yes, it's about people coming to exhibit and people competing in the pavilion, but a lot of what it's about is people connecting face-to-face."
However, with impressive performers such as Guy McLean and Stuntman Jim, as well as the art pavilion, poultry, horse-riding, cattle, woodchop competitions, rides, food stalls and sideshow games, there's plenty to see other than familiar faces.
Ms Rogers said world renowned horse whisperer Guy McLean had been a personal highlight.
"Everyone that watched him, even if they're not a horse person, you've got to be impressed," she said.
"I think most people would agree his affinity for horses and the way he handles them, and of course what he gets out of them in return, is just amazing to see."
The performing draw passers-by to the show too, with at least one woman stopping on her way through town just to see the stockman.
Even the weather Gods seemed to smile on the show this year, foregoing their usual downpour.
"On Friday it was actually quite hot," Ms Rogers said.
"You could say it was almost a summer's day."
Saturday saw more of a return to form however.
"The next day was cold, it was windy - typical show weather, without the rain," Ms Rogers laughed.
For a full rundown of the show results, pick up next week's edition of the Whitsunday Coast Guardian.