Special guest at 100th show
THE township of Killarney played host to Australia's Governor-General, and queen of glamour, Quentin Bryce at the weekend as she officially opened its 100th show.
Killarney born and bred Ena Carson was delighted to see her dear friend, with whom she had shared "many lunches".
"She came from a sheep station and I said 'you can talk about your sheep, and I will talk about my cattle'," Mrs Carson said.
Mrs Carson crocheted the Governor-General some hankies and made some fudge for her husband.
The two friends caught up over lunch as Her Excellency Ms Bryce weaved through the patrons at the Killarney Show, smiling and chatting with her fellow Queenslanders.
Gumboots and raincoats were the order of the day as crowds piled into the showgrounds for the 100th Killarney Show.
Dressed head to toe in pink, Governor-General Quentin Bryce made a special appearance and mingled with the crowd in all her glamorous glory.
Show secretary Maurice Thompson said the Governor-General's visit was certainly a welcome one.
"It's not often people in a community of our size get to see the Governor-General up close. She was very gracious," Mr Thompson said.
He was pleased with the turnout at the event and said he had heard there were more people at the show than ever before.
"It's been an excellent show with a really high turnout - a record turnout I have heard," Mr Thompson said.
"There were very big crowds despite the weather and I'm sure they would have been even bigger if the sun had come out.
"I have been told there were far more people through the gates than last year," he said.
Being the centenary event, it was fitting there were 100 entries in the preserves and jam department, double the usual number of entries.
Gordon and Ann Goodwin, two keen show patrons who visit the show every year, said it was a show not to be missed.
"It's our local show, so we come every year," Mrs Goodwin said.
Mr Goodwin said it was a pity it rained, but that didn't stop the fun from flowing throughout the grounds.
"I guess we can't have everything," he said.
Mr Thompson said the success of the show was a tribute to those who put in the effort to help make it happen.
"Thank you to all the people involved. We've had a very hardworking committee, so a massive thanks to all who helped out," he said.
"Without the great sponsors, you just don't have a show with this outcome."