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Show man hangs up his boots

SHOW TIME: Chinchilla Show Society president Greg Stanke is looking forward to his final show as president.
SHOW TIME: Chinchilla Show Society president Greg Stanke is looking forward to his final show as president. Matthew Newton

EVERYTHING old is new again - that's the theme of this year's Chinchilla Show and it's ringing true weeks before the show society has even opened the gates.

Greg Stanke said the scene was set for a "marvellous” show - his last as Chinchilla Show Society president.

"It's my 25th year in the show society and my sixth as president, but because of personal and business commitments, it's time to hang up my boots,” he said.

Mr Stanke said he still likes an "old-fashioned” show, but times had changed and the younger generation had fresh ideas.

"I've been in Chinchilla

all of my life and I've developed a lot of friendships in the community and that's what I'll really miss,” he said.

"When I walk down the street, especially at show time; the amount of people that know me as the show society man... I'm really proud of that.

"I will sadly miss it but I think it's time to move on and let someone else have a challenge.

"This year, with the stewards and the management committee preparing for several months, this year promises to be another outstanding show.

"The stewards meeting last week was well attended and they were more enthusiastic this year than any other year and there was more there then we've ever had.”

Mr Stake said much planning had gone into this year's event, which will honour traditional and much-loved highlights as well as celebrating some new entertainment acts.

New additions to the program include roving stilt walkers, freestyle motocross, post ripping, and a balloon modelling workshop, as well an Australian Living History exhibition, which features rope making and blacksmithing demonstrations.

Mr Stanke said the showgrounds would be in great condition and he was expecting big crowds to turn out for the classics: pig racing, the ute muster, the rodeo and the fireworks, which are always a highlight.

"We've kept momentum going for the quality of this year's show with very careful planning,” he said.

"If we get rain this weekend it should help give the farming community a bit of enthusiasm and it sets the scene.

"The rodeo on the Saturday is going to be every bit the size and even bigger than ever.

"The QCWA is sponsoring a cooking demonstration at the new tuckshop kitchen that we've built near the pavilion - that was a request of some of the show girl entrants at the show

ball.”

While he is looking forward to the new line-up of program items, Mr Stanke said after 25 years with the society he still has "old-fashioned” values and the night-time entertainment was his favourite part of the show.

"It's all pretty good, it's hard to pick one out after 25 years,” he said.

"The post ripping will be a bit of an eye-opener, but the evening entertainment has probably been my favourite all of these years preparing the evening proceedings.

"The fireworks are always marvellous.”

The Chinchilla Show runs from May 26-27.

Adult tickets to the show are priced at $15 per day, pensioners and children over five are $5 per day and entry for children under five is free.

Family tickets can be purchased for $40.


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