Beefed-up show gives town chance to unite in tough times
THREE new rides, double the traders and strongly supported pavilion events will all ensure this year's Allora Show is one of the biggest ever held.
With the Friday night rodeo, comedy motorcycle show, demolition derby, state ute muster, fireworks, cattle section showing and more, it's set to be a huge weekend.
Allora Show Society president Conrad Schnitzerling said the show's sub-committees had gone above and beyond this year to beef up the event.
"I think it shows the character of the public, in tough times with the drought they've got the confidence to push ahead and know it's going to get better,” he said.
"It makes you really proud because the community is so much behind the show society, you know you're doing the right thing when they back you that way.”
Mr Schnitzerling said the show helped bring more dollars into the town but also supported producers who were having a rough time.
"It gives the people on the land that are doing it tough an opportunity to get together and talk with their mates and appreciate where the industry is going,” he said.
Despite the large program, Mr Schnitzerling said the dry weather had still taken a toll.
"We are suffering a bit with the prime and stud cattle with the drought but those that are coming are bringing extra,” he said.
Participants and visitors from as far as the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba are expected to attend the show.
Mr Schnitzerling said there would be lots of food and trade stalls, as well as sideshow alley, to keep the whole family entertained.
The Border Region Buckle Series open bull ride and junior bull spectacular will be highlights at the Friday night rodeo.
The Allora Show will be held this Friday and Saturday at Allora Showgrounds. Gates open at 6am.
Adults tickets are $15 a day and children and students under 16 can get a ticket for $5 a day. Visit www.allorashow.org.au to view the full program.