The Warwick Showgrounds are dry and preparations are steaming ahead.
The Warwick Showgrounds are dry and preparations are steaming ahead. Mike Nolan

The show must go on despite the deluge

THE Warwick Showgrounds came perilously close to getting washed out last Monday.

But despite having almost a metre-and-a-half of water swamp the ring, show organisers say the damage wasn't as bad as last time.

"We had over a metre through the stables and toilets on the eastern edge of the grounds and the water was lapping at the bar. But other than that, the grounds are looking very well at present," Show Society chairman Pat Flynn said.

The moisture has caused a sparse carpet of weeds to sprout across the ring and Mr Flynn said they needed to get a grader to soften the dirt.

"It'll need to be ripped up before the show. The ground has set down hard from the wet."

Outside the ring, Mr Flynn said the groundsman had been busy mowing the couch and kikuyu grass that is overtaking the field between the ring and the Condamine River.

Last year the society had to replace the cool room motors in all four bars and the hot water systems in two toilets, after 2 metres of water inundated the grounds.

This year's clean-up had not been without hurdles. The show society had to make do without help from the Helena Jones Community Corrections Facility who usually tidied the grounds prior to the show.

"I'm not too sure why we didn't get any of the women this year," Mr Flynn said, "I don't think they had any suitable inmates."

The show hoped to rebrand itself as a more family-friendly event this year.

"We booked Fred Brophy's Boxing Tent, which is the last boxing tent left in Australia. We'll have the mutton busters, pig races, a ping-pong ball drop and loads of showies," Mr Flynn said.

The society also extended a welcoming hand to Shirley Cornhill and her heritage motors that look likely to be cut from the Allora Show line-up this weekend, following the wet weather.

"We've even booked an inter-school squash-growing competition, with prizes for the biggest and ugliest," Mr Flynn said.



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