Killarney Show vice-president Jan Hamilton checks out the prizes in sideshow alley.
Killarney Show vice-president Jan Hamilton checks out the prizes in sideshow alley. Shannon Newley

Killarney show set to shine

SHOW committee president David Thompson wasn't going to let a little downpour dampen his enthusiasm for the 100th Killarney show.

The sheep dog trials and prime cattle competition kicked off yesterday, with the Killarney Rodeo action taking off in the ring last night.

Mr Thomson said nominations were up 25% in the working dog trials, while the prime cattle competition boasted a record number of entries.

"The pavilion entries are way up too, which is really encouraging. I think a lot of local people have really made an effort in honour of it being our 100th show," Mr Thomson said.

"The showmans' guild has also put a lot of energy into ensuring we are well supported in sideshow alley, because this is such an important milestone.

"In the main arena our competitor numbers in the horse events might be down slightly, but I think that is in direct response to the weather."

But Mr Thomson said that hadn't stopped the food stall, game and ride vendors from putting up their hands to help the show celebrate reaching three figures.

"We have more vendors and we have spent the last month or two months making changes to the ground to accommodate the sheer size of it," he said.

With the final touches put on by a busy committee, it was time for everyone to sit back and relax - except maybe for Mr Thomson.

"It's going to be a full-on weekend," he said.

He said as president he was confident the crowds would come, even as the Bureau of Meteorology forecast a wet weekend.

And those who braved the slightly muddy conditions underfoot yesterday were nonplussed by meteorological predictions.

Long-time show goer Milly Hancock was still smiling yesterday as she explained why locals were undeterred by the rain.

"The truth is dear we have waited a long, long time for weather like this," she said.

"We've had some very dry years, so I don't think a little bit of rain will put us off."

A large tent has been erected to make sure the entertainment goes ahead, rain, hail or shine.

Councillor Ross Bartley confirmed he would participate in the steer ride at last night's rodeo after the challenge was thrown down earlier this week.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce will mark the milestone by officially opening the show at 2pm.


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