Stanthorpe Show ready to go

Bailey Osbaldeston gets a grip on some show necessities. Picture: SAMANTHA WANTLING

The wonderful Bendigo Bank Stanthorpe Show has rolled around again and the Stanthorpe Showgrounds has become a fairground filled with fun, competition and entertainment.

From 2 February until 4 February, it will be the scene of beautifully turned-out horses in the dressage and showjumping areas and frenetic action as sawdust flies during the chainsaw and woodchop events.

There’s always some special heart-in-mouth entertainment and this year it’s the rollover cars showing their stuff at the Peter Bondfield arena.

It wouldn’t be a show without some sideshow alley rides and the fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 o’clock.

Then there are the puppets belonging to one of the oldest puppet show in Australia, dinosaurs to meet, the base zero climbing wall for the kids, the popular motorbike barrel races and of course the beef cattle, stud cattle, sheep sections and other primary producing sections including fruit and vegetable exhibits. The fruit display is always a picture and a favourite with the showgoers.

Admire the exacting standards of the cooking and handcrafts section and see who were crowned this year’s champions in the home wine and beer making.

Don’t miss the light horse re-enactment troop, the high jump competition for dogs, racing pigs and magicians. And whether it’s fashion or machinery, there’s a parade to suit your passion.

The entertainment line-up at the wine pavilion and the can bar includes Penny Davies and Roger Ilott from Friday afternoon then Side Effects in another area until late. On Saturday Sarah and David Hume will kick off the musical entertainment and The Berryman will continue it until nearly midnight.

And of course there’s all the show goodies to munch on, including the famous pasta from Gino’s BBQ and pasta area at the wine pavilion and Shannon’s chips, which have been been a show staple for more than 60 years.

On Sunday it’s time for the sheepdog trials and the ute show.

It’s a great way to kick off the show circuit … or make it the only show you go to this year. Gates open at 7am 2 February.