Cooyar launches 2017 show season
THE 2017 show season has officially started with the Cooyar Show.
Show president Matt Ryan said the show had a lasting legacy.
"The community spirit is what keeps this show going,” he said.
"That's what I like seeing, people having a good time and letting their hair down.
"Life is tough enough as it is. The shows lifts the morale of the community.”
Mr Ryan said the bush was also a strong attraction for the show.
"I think it's the program we provide, mixing it up every year to provide something different to the patrons,” he said.
"Also it's the fact of where we are. People like to come out to the bush and have a great time in a small town.
"It still has its own appeal.
"You're right in the bush, but you're still not too far away from everything.”
Mr Ryan said he thought the 2017 show had been the best Cooyar Show yet.
"It's been excellent,” he said.
"We've had a bit of a new format and gone with the campdraft to spice things up a bit and we had a good afternoon program,” he said.
"We had a good number of competitors for the campdraft, it was full.
"It will be a good money spinner for the community and the show society.
"We had cheap entertainment, five rides for $5 at the sideshows.
"Where do you see that these days? You just can't get that any more.”
Miss Showgirl for 2017 Brianna Barron said it was an exciting year for the show.
"Especially this year with the campdraft, which is new,” she said.
"We also had the cocktail party this year, which was one of a few different changes for the committee.”
The 19-year-old said she loved the show.
"I was a Miss Teen Showgirl, probably in about 2012 or 2013,” she said.
"I always knew I'd do it one day.
"I put it off for a few years as I was up north working, but I've come back now to represent the community.
"Today has been pretty exciting as I've been able to go around and see all the exhibits, the stud cattle, the pavilion yesterday afternoon, the campdraft this morning, it has all just been really good.”
Miss Barron said she grew up around the show.
"My mum and dad have been involved in the show my whole life, so I sort of know what it's like behind the scenes getting it organised,” she said.
"I think it's great all the work the volunteers do.
"I just think the show is a great time of year.
"The community comes together and rallies together to put on a great show.
"I think it gives everybody from around the region (a reason) to come together and see what Cooyar has to offer.”
Ms Barron said that inspired her.
"The Cooyar Show has a little saying, it's 'the biggest littlest show on the Downs',” she said.
"So we are a little town, but it is a big show.
"Everybody comes together and puts on a great day and we try and put something new on every year to attract the crowd.”
Miss Barron will go on to represent the town at the Darling Downs Miss Showgirl contest.
"I'm confident,” she said. "I don't want to get my hopes up too much.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and advocating for this community and representing them.
"We'll see where it goes from there.”
"I've lived in Cooyar my whole life and I'm just so excited to get to represent the town.”