Yeppoon Show sets new record as crowds pour through gate
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
THE biggest night show crowds at Yeppoon's 60th show boosted the first day's takings above the 2013 record on the weekend.
Show-goers packed grandstands for three hours of entertainment, including Big Top aerial, Wally the Clown magic, band music, dancing, a parade of 60 years of swimwear and a fireworks' display.
Congested showmen's amusements in side-show alley ran until 11pm on Saturday and Guild representatives claimed their best-ever show takings at Yeppoon's two-day show.
Show secretary Desley Rial said cooler, cloudy weather on Sunday had slowed early gate admissions.
"Although the crowd poured in later in the day, the gates were 6.4% below last year," she said.
Celebrating the 60th Yeppoon Show was one of the largest grand parades on Sunday, led by the Central Queensland Pipes and Drums and followed by CQ Circus School, classic and vintage cars and motorbikes, a pack horse, sulky, ridden and miniature horses, cattle, a pet goat and a miniature dexter bull.
Sunshine made the first day a winner. Circus performers worked the crowds, exhibits and displays filled pavilions and grounds and seven fashion shows played to packed houses.
President Ken Landsberg's best overall exhibit of show went to the Capricorn Coast Embroidery Guild with the runner-up being CARV's horticultural display.
The Brian Dorey Shield for best exhibit on ground went to Ralph Walker's historic working engines and runner-up to Keith, Val and Ian Stock's vegetables, which have been exhibited at Yeppoon for more than 40 years.
A new, crowd-pleasing event was the miniature horses, with more than 20 entries. Ross Fleming's stallion Little Bridges Mystic Integrity won supreme champion miniature led-in.
Stud cattle entries were also up.
The Professionals Emu Park Goat Cart Derby saw tough competition from 13 racing goats. Favourite Brown Bomber won the grand final derby over 100 metres in 14.78 seconds, adding to his winning tally at Ridgelands and two previous grand finals at Yeppoon.