We Were There: It's showtime Fraser Coast

THE smell of dagwood dogs mixed with the interesting aroma of livestock brings a unique sense of excitement to the region at the end of each May when the Fraser Coast Show rolls into town.

The Chronicle has been a long-time supporter of the event which brings the region together to marvel at our agricultural wonders and clutch our stomachs at the combination of greasy food and fast rides.

But not every year has been smooth sailing.

In 2012, as show time approached there was a scramble to ensure affordable buses will be able to ferry show-goers to and from the Maryborough Showgrounds.

Fraser Coast Show - (L) Jaida-Lee Young-Swanson, Tanisha Mann, Jelena Walker, Tash Kirby, Madalyn Greaves and McKenzie Higgins from the Aldridge State High School agriculture department get a chance to check out side show alley after showing and judging cattle all day. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Show - (L) Jaida-Lee Young-Swanson, Tanisha Mann, Jelena Walker, Tash Kirby, Madalyn Greaves and McKenzie Higgins from the Aldridge State High School agriculture department get a chance to check out side show alley after showing and judging cattle all day. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Former editor Peter Chapman took then Transport Minister Scott Emerson to task when he was unable to confirm buses would be running.

"This week, he simply did not respond to requests from the show society members and the Chronicle as we tried to find out what would happen with the bus service," he wrote on May 26, 2012.

"It would have been a much-needed gesture of goodwill and support for the community."

Thankfully the Chronicle and the community's pleading was heard and affordable buses were announced at the last minute, just in time to help ailing ticket sales.

Fraser Coast Show - Brett Irwin from Sunchip anchors his team in the tug of war. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Show - Brett Irwin from Sunchip anchors his team in the tug of war. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The show was its usual bonanza that year, with the Chronicle's regular booth which allows people to have their photo taken to create their own front page providing some of the highlights.

The dagwoods and fairy floss may be a beacon to Chronicle reporters each year.

But, the Fraser Coast show is about much more than that.

Fraser Coast Show - Sharyn Rose and daughter Allyssa,7, from Hervey Bay having fun on the Nitro Dodgems. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Fraser Coast Show - Sharyn Rose and daughter Allyssa,7, from Hervey Bay having fun on the Nitro Dodgems. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The Chronicle always gets a kick out of the pride our home gardeners take in their exceptionally large vegetables, the care the region's bakers take perfecting cakes and scones or the loving intricacy Maryborough and Hervey Bay crafters put into their knitting or crochet, and every year we publish the names of winners from countless show categories.

We cannot wait for show 2016 - just make sure you save some dagwoods for us.

We Were There is a series that revisits the Chronicle's in-depth coverage of the major events that have shaped the Fraser Coast over the past 20 years.



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