Warwick's best go on Show
COMING hot on the heels of an epic wet season, no-one predicted the success last year's Warwick Show prime sheep and cattle sections would enjoy.
Crowds poured in to admire the best sheep from across the region and committee members were astounded to see the champion lamb set a new record of $360.
It's on again this Friday, opening day of the 2012 Show.
Chief steward Brett Shelley said he was surprised by last year's sale prices but said the unknown was what made it so interesting.
"Seeing how much they go for is always the x-factor and you never know just how much they are going to go for," he said.
Mr Shelley said he was expecting interest to be high again this year and people to flock to the stalls to check out the animals.
He said strong support from local butchers and processors had help boost Warwick's reputation.
"We are getting a pretty good reputation and it's just getting stronger and stronger all of the time," he said.
"We're trying different things, which creates interest and adds to the prestige of the event.
"Entries have come from the Warwick area and also some from Millmerran, Dalby, Inglewood and Stanthorpe."
Mr Shelley said he would like to thank the committee members, competitors and sponsors for their help in making the section so successful.
Prime sheep and lamb judging will kick off from 9am on Friday, with the auction set to start from 1.30pm.
Program packed full of activities
Friday night will feature an array of arena entertainment sure to have all members of the family on the edge of their folding chairs.
The night program will kick off at 5.30pm, with impressive horseback skills in the six bar jumping.
Rural radio reporter Arlie Felton-Taylor will officially open the night's program at 6.15pm, following an appearance by the 2012 Warwick Showgirls.
After the official business comes to an end, youngsters will storm the arena for their chance to take home a new BMX bike in the Aero Ball Drop at 6.30pm.
Talented tricksters will show off their skills on the back of a BMX at 6.45pm and the fire brigade will perform a smokin' demo at 7pm.
The Scots Thistle Pipe Band will take the stage at 7.15pm, before car-crushing action courtesy of a monster truck at 7.30pm.
Wood choppers and mutton busters are scheduled for 7.50pm and 8.10pm, before a dirt bikes performance at 8.35 and monster truck encore at 8.50pm.
Watch with wonder as the sky is lit up by the fireworks display at 9.05pm and finish off your night watching cars fight until the death in the demolition derby from 9.15pm.