New initiative to support Show
A FUNDRAISER involving cattle brands to financially support the landmark 100th Killarney Show will itself become an important piece of history in years to come.
Killarney Show patron Cec Jamieson is urging all cattle producers, or indeed anyone with a cattle brand, to bring their metal sticks to make history through an old-fashioned Aussie branding board this Australia Day.
Money will be raised through people purchasing a space to leave their mark on the piece of timber.
"This year's show is a big milestone, having the Governor-General open it," he said.
"Killarney's had a rough time over the years, having the tornado 40 years ago and the closing of the meatworks.
"I'd encourage people to bring their cattle brand and put it on the board."
Mr Jamieson, who lived in Killarney for more than 40 years and has been show patron for the past 20-odd years, is a former cattle producer himself.
He and wife Gwen haven't missed a show since their arrival to the district in the late 1960s.
"I originally got the trophy for the most points in the show pavilion," he said.
"It was a prize of $50 and I believe it's still the same today."
The former Hereford producer said he would bring two brands to the fundraiser, including one that had been used "for many years".
"There's a branding board in the Killarney Hotel that's been there for a few years - the Lions Club organised it," he said.
"I believe this one will be hung in the show pavilion and hopefully it will last another 100 years."
Along with his regular stint helping at the gate of the cattle section, Mr Jamieson has an important role to play in the 100th show.
He will be the official escort for Governor-General Quentin Bryce's husband Michael Bryce.
"I think he wants to do something separate to (Mrs Bryce) so I'll show him around the showgrounds," he said.
The branding board will be made this Thursday, January 26, after the Australia Day awards.
On Australia Day at Pat Bush Bicentennial Park.
After the Australia Day awards.
Central position will be auctioned, all other positions $50.
Registered and non-registered brands welcomed.
More information from Jan on 4666 4111.