Cec Watts has volunteered on the gate at the Warwick Show with the Lions for 28 years.
Cec Watts has volunteered on the gate at the Warwick Show with the Lions for 28 years.

Cec Watts, the face of the show

FOR 28 years he has greeted Warwick Show fans at the gates and couldn’t imagine doing anything else at 6am on the first day of the show each year.

Cec Watts has volunteered to be the ticket man as a part of the Lions Club and to help the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society in any way he can.

“At the same time it’s something good for the community,” Mr Watts said. “I do the early shifts for the Show and Rodeo – I have a lot of fun.”

As a former Warwick Shire councillor for 21 years and local pumping business owner, Mr Watts said he was a creature of habit but wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Warwick Show chairman John Wilson said he has passed through the gates passed Mr Watts for many years and he had made a great contribution.

“He is always there to meet all the people at the gates with a nice smiling face,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Watts said he had heard every excuse under the sun for trying to get in the gates for free with some even using “my ticket got washed in my pants”.

He enjoys the interaction with people and has watched the show grow into an even bigger success over nearly 30 years.

Mr Watts remembered seeing a man sleeping under a ute because of the weather and seeing that same ute being reversed out with the man still underneath it.

“It didn’t even scratch him. I thought he was dead,” Mr Watts laughed.



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