Stacked show program at Eidsvold
THE Eidsvold Show program is jam packed with super events that will attract a hefty crowd.
Patrons will have trouble knowing which way to look with so many sights and sounds on offer.
The screaming of the chainsaws and the spectacle of the wood chop will greet the public as they file through the gate, enticing visitors to stay and cheer on the men cutting the timber.
Show Society Patron Dot Hamilton said this year's show had been planned to attract more of the younger members of the community.
"The events program is designed to keep everyone involved from go to woe," Mrs Hamilton said.
"There will be so much to do in and around the showgrounds, everyone will be happy when it comes time for the fireworks."
At 7am the activities will be under way as the show jumpers walk the course to acquaint themselves with the positioning of the jumps and the configuration of the run-ups.
Breakfast will also be on the barbecue for the early starters and the coffee will be hot for an expected cool morning.
"There are so many reasons that people come to the Eidsvold show in particular but I see it as a family, community day," Mrs Hamilton said.
"All ages come together in a friendly atmosphere that puts a smile on every face, even in hard times."
One of the new events is an exciting horse and rider challenge that will be held in the rodeo ring.
Show President Anthony Coates said the event had attracted some very talented young riders.
"The team penning challenge is where three riders, three horses and three beasts are in the ring and the beasts have to be penned in the fastest time," Mr Coates said.
"What a great event for all concerned. We believe this will be truly a phenomenal spectator event."
There will be sideshow alley for the young and not so young, stalls and gifts and show memorabilia and of course the pavilion full of the aroma of flowers and produce.
The prime cattle will be judged through the day and even though the show is in conflict with preparations for Beef Week in Rockhampton, the standard of the Eidsvold region's cattle will be extremely high.
The young judges will be hotly contested this year, with some surprises on the cards in this event.
"The forever young enthusiasts who enter their ute in the ute completion need to be congratulated," Mr Coates said.
"I really think they are amazing the way they can polish them up."
Mrs Hamilton said food and drinks would be available throughout the day with a barbecue dinner before the fireworks display.
"I wish everyone a safe and prosperous Eidsvold Show and I hope it is the best show of all time," she said. "Don't forget the campdraft on the Saturday before the Sunday show, that too will be a great day of family entertainment."
Mr Coates said there would be a soiree (French for cocktail party) on May 1 in the shire hall.
"The showgirl judging and lots of dancing should not be missed."
Tickets are available at the Eidsvold Newsagent and Eidsvold Rural.