New talent show is looking for top Southern Downs performers
SINGERS, dancers, poets and performers of all persuasions have a chance to hit the big time at the inaugural Clifton's Got Talent showcase on Saturday night.
The talent quest is open to all performers brave enough to strut their stuff in the main arena at the Clifton Show.
It was grounds steward Trevor Fowke's idea and he hopes it will evolve into a regular feature at the show.
"Entrants can do anything,” Mr Fowke said.
"They can tell jokes, sing, dance, tell a yarn or some poetry, whatever they like.
"Being so dry, it may cheer up a few people around the place.”
Mr Fowke said the talent quest will replace the wildly popular country music festival that was a long-running feature of the Clifton Show.
It was run by the Toowoomba Country Music Association but closed in the mid-90s.
"It got to the stage where it was too expensive to run but I can remember it was really big,” Mr Fowke said.
"We used to get thousands of people here.”
Clifton's Got Talent starts with a series of heats, held in the Battle of the Brains tent.
There will be a senior and junior competition judged by the de facto Clifton town crier Trevor Bowtyle, singer and spoken word performer Terry O'Leary and a mystery judge.
The winners of the heats will progress to a final held at the main arena in the evening.
Musicians and singers who require back-up music should bring it on USB or contact event DJ, Glen Knight, to ask if he has a copy of the song.
To register, visit the Clifton Show office on Friday or Saturday. Registrations close 1pm on Saturday.
TEAMS of four will undergo feats of strength, endurance and smarts in the battle for $1000 in prizemoney.
Show secretary Adele Saville said details of the Almost Anything Goes competition are a closely guarded secret.
"It's part of the fun of entering it,” she said.
"You don't know what you are going to be taking part in.”
The only public available details are that teams must have one member over 40 and a one female member.
Sheep dog trials
THE Clifton Sheep Dogs Trials will make a triumphant return to the show after a brief hiatus in 2018.
They are a key feature on the sheep dog trial circuit and draw contestants from northern New South Wales and western Queensland.
Mrs Saville said they were one of the first features in the early days of the Clifton Show.
Old hats wanted
IF YOU have an old farm hat in need of replacing, enter it in the battered hat competition.
Entrants have until noon on Friday to deliver their dusty Akubra to the show.
The winner with the worst hat will be decided by popular vote and the successful entrant will receive $100. Perfect for a new hat.
Clifton Show is held from February 15-17.
Gates open 7am Friday and 8am on both Saturday and Sunday.
Friday is free, Saturday and Sunday entry is $10 for adults, $4 for high school students and primary school students are free.