Hold a reptile, go on rides: All about children at the show
FOR generations the Warwick Show has been the highlight on the calendar for children all over the region. As preparations for this weekend's show hit high gear, it seems the younger showgoers are well and truly the focus this year.
As talk of dwindling numbers and worrying times circulate about the country show circuit, Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Clancy McGahan said the aim was to evolve and keep the Warwick Show vibrant and growing in popularity.
"The children are the future of the show," she said.
"We want as many local families to come along and support the show and have a great time.
"This year we've got so much entertainment and things to see and do, to keep not only the kids happy but the whole family as well.
"And of course the rides, the lights, the music and the side-show colour and prizes."
It's not all just about fun, though.
Cleverly mixed in with all the fun is a great deal of education and interactivity.
"Many kids who live in town don't often have the opportunity to get up close to the animals that part of life in the region," she said.
"Here they can watch the shearing, see the cattle right up close and even get to hold a reptile.
"It's all a huge learning experience - a true taste of Warwick all compressed into one weekend, with so many different things to experience in one place."
Getting children engaged and involved is part of the show.
This year sees the return of the popular kindy ute show, where kids get to build their own impressive utes and for the very first time the show will have the Kids' Shack.
"This is a great innovation for the show," Mrs McGahan said.
"Non-stop activities, lego, paddy cake decorating and the chance to play with some wool.
"We want to show them as much as we can."
To obtain grants and funding, Mrs McGahan said the society needed to understand who was coming to the show.
"We want to know how many people are coming, where they're coming from and what they like about it," she said.
"It's the people's show and feedback is so important to us."
The 2018 Warwick Show runs from Friday to Sunday.
2018 Show admission costs
- Adults (14 years and over): $12
- Students with ID: $7 (high school students only)
- Pensioners: $7 (aged pension, veteran affairs and disability card holders only)
- Child 5 years and under 14 years: $3
- On Friday, March 24 - admission for children under 14 is free if accompanied by an adult.
- Sunday is free entry.