PREPARATIONS are well underway for the main event of the year, with only one more sleep until gates open on the 123rd annual Beaudesert Show.
Crowds are expected to flock to the Beaudesert showgrounds tomorrow, with agricultural displays, cattle judging and education programs and prizes to get the show started.
Beaudesert Show Society secretary Andrea McFarlane said they expected a great turnout and the show would go ahead come rain, hail or shine.
“We have heaps of free entertainment and a few new events this year,” she said.
“We have had a lot of pre-sales, which will mean people will already have their wristbands and can avoid the queue at the gate.”
Tomorrow will also see the first of six free shows presented by Brophy Bros Circus starting at 1pm, with a petting zoo, train rides, history displays and a new Dinkum Dinosaurs Festival also being features of Friday’s program.
The evening will feature the Redland Bay Ladies’ Drum Corp, the fireworks display and the Wild, Wild West show.
Ms McFarlane said the Wild Wild West was one of the new additions this year, featuring Joe Bostock presenting a spectacular show.
“The show is like a Buffalo Bill performance with cowboys and bison,” she said.
‘We also have BMX and scooter demonstrations both nights.
‘Sideshow alley has some great rides including the big ferris wheel, back for the first time in 15 years.”
Both days will have old favourites like wood chopping, sideshow alley and showbags.
On display will also be prizewinning fine arts, pottery, photography and baked goods. The agricultural display will include hay, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, greenstuffs and honey.
Judging for dogs, goats and poultry starts at 8.30am on Saturday and will also include supreme judging for cattle.
The evening program will appeal to motor enthusiasts with performance vehicles, a Beaut Ute parade, derby car parade, FMX bike show, Buzz Box derby and demolition derby.
Ms McFarlane said there would be plenty of food and drink on offer to cater for all tastes, much of it provided by local community groups including Jimboomba and Beaudesert Scouts, St Mary’s School, Beaudesert Uniting Church, C & K Kindy and Beaudesert Rotary.
“The Anglican church will also be serving tea and coffee for a small donation,” she said.