The Harland family enjoy the dodgem cars.
The Harland family enjoy the dodgem cars. Alexia Austin

Showtime for Wallumbilla

THE Wallumbilla show was the place to be seen at the weekend, with families enjoying the sunshine and entertainment at the showgrounds.

This year was especially important as it marked 100 years of show operation.

Guests were spoilt for choice - there was a game arcade, dodgem cars and a merry-go-round, exhibitions and competitions, and a reptile, equestrian and stock display.

Former show patron and long-time Wallumbilla resident Bill Albeck said the show was back to its former glory after a brief hiatus in the 1990s.

"This is where my mother's parents come from, and I'm born and bred in Wallumbilla,” Mr Albeck said.

"I used to come to the show as a teenager with my uncles, and I would jump horses bareback in the show.

"The activities have changed a bit since then.

"They used to have a lot more horseback games and also partner activities like the wife carrying contest, where the blokes would have to dress up with a gown and a big hat and gallop down to pick up their bride.

"There was a point where we were worried the show was going downhill however this show today is by far one of the best shows I have seen since I returned to Wallumbilla.”

"We've had a good roll-up today, with people from all over the region stopping in,” show president Mark Swan said.

"It's good to have the community support.”


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