NOT many people would describe trucks as a breath of fresh air, but that's what they were to a South Burnett show.
Jared Seiler's father took over as president of the show a few years back, and being frank, he said it was in decline.
After thinking about ways to refresh the show and lift the appeal, Jared came up with the idea to start a Truck Show and Shine.
You see, the Seilers run a transport company carting livestock out of Kingaroy.
Now in its fourth year, the Truck Show and Shine just keeps on getting bigger.
In the first year, the show held at the Kingaroy Showgrounds had about 50 trucks. Last year there were about 70.
The fact that the truck show is just part of the Kingaroy Show means there is heaps to see and do.
Held over May 2 and 3, the show includes all the trappings of a country show, including agricultural displays, cattle, speedway on Saturday night, vintage tractors, motorbike stunts and a ute show on the Sunday. (The ute show winners will go on to state judging at the Ekka.)
And there's a fireworks display on the Saturday night.
Last year Cameron Black from Tranzmile threw his support behind the truck show, and this year he has ramped up that commitment, becoming a major sponsor along with the Volvo Group's UD Trucks brand and Westco in Toowoomba.
Jared said dwindling show numbers picked up since the new committee came on board, and now there were up to 7000 people visiting the Kingaroy Show every year.
Running the show like a business has enabled them to add more facilities at the showgrounds, with money being invested regularly.
- The 108th Annual Kingaroy Show opens its gates at 8am on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3.
- A one-day gate fee will cost $30 for a family pass, $10 for adults, $8 for age pensioners and high school students, and nothing for primary school students.
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