Attractions new and old delight at Fraser Coast Show
THERE'S no better event that caters to the whole family than the Fraser Coast Show.
This year it is expected to draw in thousands of people across the region, with everything from high-octane and daring demonstrations to a crafter's haven.
Show Society president Keryn Staib said there would be a great variety of entertainment to suit the family.
"This year's main attraction is Aussie FMX Freestyle Motocross - they will be on three to four times a day - demonstrating on track-side with jumping.
"It one of the greatest shows on earth - they were a big hit when we had them here three years ago."
He said for the first time ever there would be working dog trials.
"All day Friday the trials will be held in the indoor arena," Mr Staib said.
"We are hoping to attract a few people - come down and see the dogs working the cattle in a competition.
"I think it should be very popular."
For the children the fun includes the Little Animal House, Luke's Reptile Kingdom with a huge display and a petting zoo.
Mums and dads will also have plenty to do depending on their interests.
"You can look at the pavilions with their displays of 36 exhibits, from fruit and vegetables and cloth dolls to stud cattle and woodcraft," Mr Staib said.
"We are having cooking demonstrations in the main pavilion - we haven't had them for a long time.
"Demonstrating will be the renowned Two Old Ducks three times a day and centring on our theme of 'Farm Fresh', focusing on local produce, eggs, seasonal vegetables, super foods and school snacks.
"I am expecting that show to go down well."
In the working heritage area of the showgrounds there will be displays of little engines, antique cars and horse-drawn vehicles.
"There is a fair display of this and it is always good to walk through," Mr Staib said.
A popular act from last year's show, the antique tractor pulling, will make a return.
"There will be lots of tractors from far and wide in the demonstration," Mr Staib said.
"We also have the rodeo back, which was very popular last year."
Hall's Rodeo will be held on Friday, May 25, from 6.30pm at the campdraft arena.
Other events include the medieval demonstrations, Zumba, skipping with local schools, roving performances including the RSL Pipe Band and the always popular Wades Sawmill fireworks.
The official opening will be on the Friday at noon.
All the old favourites rides will be back to excite the thrill-seekers and show bag alley has moved next to sideshow alley.
This year's theme is "Farm Fresh".
"Every year we have a theme and we invite members of the society to come up with a new theme each year that they would like to depict," Mr Staib said.
"All of the schoolchildren will create their displays and artworks from that theme.
"The theme caters to the community - we do grow a lot of produce in this area which not a lot of people are aware of.
"For example, we have got the largest producer of organic eggs just outside of Hervey Bay.
"We are just trying to highlight this and the way we do it is through our pavilion displays."