Killarney Show cancelled after downpour on Friday night
JUST one month after she battered Killarney with storms and floods, Mother Nature has delivered another blow to the town - washing out its annual show.
The Killarney Show at the weekend was meant to be the town's first big event since the Australia Day weekend floods swamped its streets, but downpours of more than 50mm overnight Friday left organisers with no choice but to cancel.
Despite the decision, the society kept the pavilion open and was still able to draw a strong crowd and a few big names.
Show society president Dave Thomson said it was not an easy decision to make, especially following the devastation of the floods.
"It was important for people to have the show after the floods and be able to say, 'it's business as usual'," he said.
"It's just disappointing for all the supporters, volunteers and competitors," he said.
Mr Thomson said the state of the grounds after Friday night's heavy rain had raised concerns about the safety of performers and animals.
"The sun was trying to come out but our grounds are ruined," he said.
With more rain predicted for the region over coming days, there were also concerns competitors, operators and other visitors could have become stranded.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg, Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott, and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli all travelled into the region to support Killarney and meet with locals.
Mr Crisafulli took a tour through the main street to see the damage caused by the floods.
He said the resilience and strength of the Killarney people was evident.
"This was meant to be the town's chance to enjoy something special after being hammered by floods but unfortunately it is the first show of the season to be washed out," he said.
"I love these small towns because they have a soul and you can really see that here.
"First, the pavilion is damaged but the show goes on and then they get rained out but the show still goes on, in another form. That is soul."
Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell, and Crs Bartley, Pennisi and Mackenzie also supported the show society.
Killarney Show Society secretary Maurice Thomson said it wasn't possible to re-schedule the show.