Jessica Staples, 5, from Toogoom is all smiles as she takes her first ever ride on a merry-go-round.
Jessica Staples, 5, from Toogoom is all smiles as she takes her first ever ride on a merry-go-round. Alistair Brightman

Show to grow bigger, better with focus on children

CHILDREN are the future of the Fraser Coast Show as organisers try to capture their interest in an effort to increase long-term support of the event.

President of the Fraser Coast Show Society Keryn Staib said he had got as many schools involved as possible.

"They'll go away, they'll talk and hopefully it will be bigger and better next year," he said.

"If you get them interested it's something they aim for every year."

Mr Staib, who has been president for about six months, said while there was some drizzle and overcast skies, things were looking up.

"There's been a steady flow of people through the gates today (Thursday)," he said.

"I think it's all running all right.

"We've had minor problems which we've overcome ... we'll have a bigger crowd tomorrow (Friday)."

First-time show stallholder Kathryn Miller, owner of Aussie Bush Donuts, said while yesterday had been slow she was hoping today would pick up the pace.

"It's been fantastic," she said.

"I've never done anything like this before."



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