Killarney Show secretary Maurice Thomson and Killarney Showgirl entrant Reba Thompson will welcome Governor-General Quentin Bryce to the 100th show in February.
Killarney Show secretary Maurice Thomson and Killarney Showgirl entrant Reba Thompson will welcome Governor-General Quentin Bryce to the 100th show in February. Emma Channon

Bryce pulls on boots to open show

KNOWN for her well-tailored suits and impeccable manners, Governor-General Quentin Bryce will swap her high heels for boots come February when she visits the region to open the 100th Killarney Show.

The visit from the royal representative was learnt of this week, when the Killarney Show Society received a letter of acceptance from Ms Bryce's office.

Show society secretary Maurice Thomson said the committee had hoped Ms Bryce would do her best to be able to open the show.

"She comes from country Queensland, in Ilfracombe, and she knows how important these sorts of events are to smaller communities," he said.

"We're quite looking forward to her coming.

"The ladies' baking and floral art will have to be up to scratch!"

Ms Bryce's visit will be a well-deserved lift to morale in the community, which has shown enormous resilience in the past couple of years.

The closure of the meatworks and the loss of hundreds of jobs was followed by the pair of summer floods 11 months ago.

Mr Thomson said the announcement would be a "great boost".

"The community has suffered a few setbacks in the last couple of years and it will be a great opportunity for the residents to see their head of state," he said.

While her itinerary has not yet been released, it is believed Ms Bryce will arrive some time on the Saturday morning of the weekend of the show, where she will be met by show society president David Thomson and given a tour of the grounds.

After a lunch, she will officially declare the show open about 2pm.

"We don't know any fine details but we should imagine it would be likely (Ms Bryce would stay overnight)," Mr Thomson said.

"Whether she's staying in Warwick overnight or travelling on to another venue, we're not sure."

The Killarney Show will be held from Friday February 24 to Sunday February 26.

The show society will have a celebration ball for the 100th show the week before.

Members also are asking for people to submit memorabilia for a memory wall that will be displayed over the weekend.

There are plans to host markets on the Sunday after the show, and about 150 show badges commemorating the milestone will be released to mark the occasion.


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