07 Apr The Mount Larcom Show Celebrates 103 Years
The Mt Larcom Show is making a return this year, and it’s expected to be bigger and better than ever.
With last year’s attendance numbers topping 10,000 patrons- an increase in 1500 from the previous year- the event’s organiser Kaylene Hooley said that this number is still likely to grow.
“Last year’s show had record numbers, which was an increase from the previous show two years ago, and we expect this growth to continue. Each year we build on the last with different entertainment and some highlight events,” said Kaylene.
“This year we have some shows making a return, like the Kangagang Children’s Show, the Reptile Kingdom Show, Hellyhoops Hula Show, free face-painting and a free climbing wall. New to the show this year is EI-Jay Motorcycles show, the live fish tank and buskers in the Entertainment Tent on stage.
“On the Saturday night in the centre ring we have live woodchop demonstrations, the EI-Jay night show, Fireworks, and to end the night we’ll have ‘Seven Whales in Moscow’, a great local band, playing in the bar area.
“This is not even to mention all the regular events and displays that we have such as Pavilions, Poultry, Birds, Animal Nursery with the Mt Larcom School petting zoo. We’ll have competitions galore, a Dog Show, Chainsaw and Woodchops, Ute Muster, Beef Judging and Horse events. The Old Stationary Engines, Historical Household Items, and Old Tractor Displays grow each year and are very popular.”
Along with this massive selection of events, the show will be hosting the National Woodchop Championship, and will also see a return of ‘Side-Show Alley’.
While all the events at the show help to draw in massive crowds, the most popular are the Chainsaw, Woodchopping and the Stationary Engines Displays.
“Of course, families with younger children are more attracted to the kid’s entertainment like face painting, animal exhibitions and show rides.
“We also noticed last year that the Saturday night-time events had record crowds staying late to watch the entertainment on display.”
The Mt Larcom Show has been operational since 1919, and has been continual since then except for breaks taken during the years of both World Wars. In 2021, the Show Society celebrated 81 years of presenting the annual agricultural show.
“In 2022, we are proud to say that we have been presenting the annual agricultural show now for 103 years.”
In the early 2000’s, many members of the wider community realised the scale and quality of the show, and volunteer numbers increased dramatically.
“Resulting from this was the expansion of events and displays, especially in recent history. We have even had the Queensland Agricultural Show Body advise us that we have gone against the ‘trend’ of Agricultural shows fading and folding, so they now class us as a premium show. This is simply due to hard work, and the excellent support of the local community, Council, Businesses and Industries.”
Kaylene would like to thank all of the Show’s supporters including committee members, volunteers, and record sponsorship from the Gladstone Regional council.