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‘Absolutely amazing’: Coast show returns with a bang

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‘Absolutely amazing’: Coast show returns with a bang


IN PHOTOS: Huge crowd for annual Sunshine Coast Show

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Droves of show-goers enjoyed rides, dagwood dogs and showbags as the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show returned after a year’s absence.

About 29,000 people converged on the Nambour Showgrounds for the 115th running of the event, which was cancelled last year due to the threat of COVID-19.

There was something for everyone at this year’s carnival, which ran from Friday to Sunday under COVID-Safe protocols.

There were exhibitions, competitions, animals, food, sideshow alley, rides, show bags and entertainment.

The woodchopping events were fast and furious at the Sunshine Coast Show at Nambour.

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“The last few days have been absolutely amazing,” Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society Rohan O’Hara said.

“(With) the amount of people who have come out to support the event, and their attitude has been amazing, accepting the changes we’ve had to make due to COVID.

“Our ring program at night time was one of our biggest highlights, with monster trucks, V8 utes and a laser light show.”

Participants in the Sunshine Coast Show Girl, Jess Richards, Cortney Claridge, Eliza Claridge and Claire Walsh.

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Attendance surpassed 2019 figures by the end of day two.

There was also a record amount of entries in livestock and pavilions competitions, with about 4500 participants.

“We couldn’t really make a decision until January, if we were going to have a show or not (due to the threat of COVID-19) and then scrambled for four and a half months to pull a show together a show that would normally take 12 months of planning.”

Lindsey and Linda attended the Show together in 1975. They returned this year and celebrated with a ride on the Twister.

Bike riders performed some amazing stunts at the Showground.

One of the stand-out fruit displays at the pavilion.

A prize winning entry with Mini Goats Chief Steward Lesley Richards,

Members of the Light Horse Brigade made their way around the Showground.

Sideshow alley was a popular place, with show-goers trying their luck to win big prizes.

This ‘Turtle Iced Cake’ claimed first prize in one of the baking competitions.



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