Alicia Stark and Emillee Bagnall in their new animal beanies at the Fraser Coast Show.
Alicia Stark and Emillee Bagnall in their new animal beanies at the Fraser Coast Show. Robyne Cuerel

Sheep-shearing, woodchopping, dodgem-driving good time

THE whir of sideshow alley, the trample of hooves in the main arena, the smell of freshly fried Dagwood dogs - there's nothing quite like the sensory overload that is the Fraser Coast Show.

Thousands of people flocked through the gates of the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park from 9am on Friday to get their annual fix of everything from woodchopping to dodgem cars, craft exhibits and showjumping.

Fraser Coast Show Society executive officer Pat Lenthall said she was thrilled by the numbers and hoped Saturday would be just as busy.

"The weather had us a bit worried early this morning, but it cleared up beautifully," she said.

Ms Lenthall said the Trackskill V8 Ute Show had been a big hit amongst crowds, as had the grand parade which officially opened the 2013 event at midday.

She said the Fraser Coast Showgirl title had gone to Ashlee Schofield.

"She will be around selling tickets for a ride in one of the V8 Utes," Ms Lenthall said.

Another huge line-up of entertainment is on the cards for Saturday, kicking off with fly ball at 10am and the high-anticipated Tug-O-War.

Show-goers can check out sheep shearing, the rural fire brigade's burning kitchen display and live music by local band Forbidden Road from 4pm to 5pm.

Ms Lenthall encouraged people to check out the exhibitions, saying most categories had experienced high numbers of entries, particularly craft and pottery.

Day Two Fraser Coast Show

What's hot: Tug of war at 11am, Trackskill V8 Utes at noon and 6pm, live music at 4pm, fireworks at 7pm.

Cost: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child $6, Under 5 free, Family $45, Single family $25.

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