Killarney prepares to welcome GG
DAVID Thomson reckons Governor General Quentin Bryce's visit to next month's centenary Killarney Show has resulted in a massive boost in interest in the event.
Yesterday, more than 40 people attended a working bee in the lead-up to the February 24-26 show.
The show society president said everyone was excited that the Governor-General would open the show on February 25.
"District residents are quite committed to make this a great show. We want to have the grounds as best we can," Thomson said.
"The biggest concern now is dry weather, we need rain to help prepare the arena."
The desire for rain this year is in stark contract to last year when the Killarney Show Society and many business operators were cleaning up after flooding.
Mr Thomson said the floods went through the outshed and across the grounds but not into the show pavilion.
The Killarney Show Ball is on February 18 and another working bee will be held on February 19 to prepare the venue for the visit by Ms Bryce and her husband Michael.
The Governor-General will attend an official lunch at 1pm and view the grand street parade which starts at the Killarney Bowls Club and finishes in the main ring.
Mr Thomson said she would then open the show, mingle with show patrons and leave following afternoon tea.