News

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.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I wrote my ute off while I was high on ice'

Harry Thies has just complete 6 months of rehab at the centre. Sunrise Way celebrates third anniversary. July 2017

Reformed drug addict discusses his redemption with Sunrise Way

Jumping sky high

ELITE: Australian silver medalist for eventing Emma McNab

Chinchilla's Emma McNab just won silver for Australia

Tiny cut becomes ordeal

Darryl Scouller's hand.

Man to lose finger after nick repairing wife's car

Local Partners

No goodbye for Condabri

Council has agreed to allow Condabri Camp to remain open for another four months

Why crowds are loving Happy Kanye at Splendour

Danger Dave and Melissah Marie with the artwork Happy Kanye at Splendour in the Festival 2017.

By Barcelona-based artistic collective Hungry Castle

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

The Block's family home rescue mission

RENO show's new concept – relocating and restoring crumbling heritage homes – proves its biggest challenge to date.

Angelina Jolie 4.0: Is anyone buying this?

Angelina Jolie, master media manipulator, is back.

Love The Bachelor and a feminist? Sorry, you can't be both

These 22 women trying to win Matty's heart... but at what cost? (Pic: Channel 10)

Tans will be sprayed. Roses will be distributed. Tears will be shed.

George RR Martin: Sixth book won't be out this year

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

“I am still working on it, I am still months away..."

Mum spotted on Google Earth 18 months after death

A woman has spotted her mother on Google Earth - she died in 2015

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie War for the Planet of the Apes.

AN ACTION franchise comes to its epic conclusion.

The Bachelor: Will farting be the key to Matty J's heart?

I don’t know what emotion this is.

MATTY J’s return as The Bachelor was sullied on the first night.

Hearty food for cold nights

Boneless lamb shoulder roast with crushed kipflers.

RECIPES: Two tasty lamb dishes to try this winter

How one man made more than $20m in a land deal

Varsity Lakes

Sale, with GST added, shows as a $26.4 million transaction

Open for inspection homes 27 July - 2 August

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Beers, spirits and 131 years of history up for grabs

The 131-year-old General Gordon Hotel is on the market with all of its quirks included.

Pub with good beer and "lovely food” for sale 20 minutes from town

Tenant: Let me rent, I'll fix your property and pay for it

Noosaville tenant Tony Conyers thought his tenancy was guaranteed until 2035, so he spent his own money on the property. Now he's been told he may not be able to stay for even one more year.

Renter spent $30k on maintaining, improving property over 17 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!