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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Burdekin Show Wrap Up

On Wednesday 26 June, the Burdekin Show ignited the region for another year, with star-studded entertainment, classic show rides, and a joyous atmosphere.

Approximately 4,000 people flooded through the Ayr Showgrounds gates ready to enjoy one of the most anticipated events on the region’s calendar. The weather was not overly favourable, with a spot of rain here and there, however the show festivities shone through, with the show committee more than impressed with the overall attendance.

“It was a very successful day, and we were lucky to get away with the rain,” explained Burdekin Show Committee Member Pam.

“With the weather we expected lower numbers as we had an exceptional 5,000 people attend in 2023 but having 4,000 people come through the gates this year, even with the rain, was very good.”

Many locals and travellers indulged in the show festivities, and with numerous competitions around and prizes up for grabs, hundreds of entrants were celebrated for their talents.

Jodie Mills was awarded first prize and named the Champion of the Art Exhibition, whilst Kristine Patty won the Print of the Show with her photography piece. Naomi Firth was celebrated as the Champion of the Flower Exhibition, and Bryce Davies won Champion of the Sugar Cane Exhibition.

East Ayr State School Year 3 students dazzled showgoers with their creative scarecrow, wining first place in the Scarecrow Competition, and one of the cutest winners of the day was Elliot the dachshund who won the newly introduced Dachshund Race.

“With the Dachshund Race introduced, and the Scarecrow Competition, and the Pet Show both running, we’ve received a lot of feedback around the kids having been more brought into the show this year, and the Dachshund Race in particular was very successful,” explained Pam.

Many have shared praise for the Burdekin Show Committee for their hard work and dedication to producing an amazing day for the community to enjoy.

“A little rain couldn’t dampen spirits at the Burdekin Show – thank you to the committee for your hard work, our community appreciates it,” shared member for the Burdekin, Mr Dale Last.

The Burdekin Show has expressed many thanks to the Burdekin community, and all those who attended the show for 2024, and have thanked those behind the scenes.

“We would like to acknowledge our committee for their outstanding efforts and time dedicated to making the show possible,” shared the Burdekin Show.

“A big thank you also goes out to our Show Patron Lorraine Strathdee, we appreciate your dedication and support to the Burdekin Show.

“We are looking forward to bringing you another excellent show in 2025.”

Elliot the winning dachshund with his proud owner
Bryce Davies standing proud with his winning sugar cane
The team at QCAR enjoyed the Burdekin Show

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