The grandstand at the Childers Showgrounds has received a $260,000 makeover just in time for the annual show which will be held this Saturday.
A new roof, steps, safety compliant guard rails and a repaint have the grandstand gleaming in time for the 103rd annual show.
Show Secretary Larissa Watson said with fine weather and mild temperatures predicted for this Saturday an enjoyable day seemed assured.
“Entries across all events are good and the displays in the Exhibition Hall which includes flowers, vegetables, photography and art as well as a Lego competition will be really appealing.
“It looks like we will have our share of superheroes on hand as well with the “Agents of Shield” attending the show and interacting with fans.
“The egg throwing competition is coming together quite well as is a solid program of ring events, a cane display section supported by Isis Central Sugar Mill and sideshow attractions which will lead into the Saturday night program and culminate with a superb fireworks show,” said Larissa.
Mayor Jack Dempsey will officially open the show on Saturday afternoon and also make mention of the refurbished John Broadhurst Grandstand.
“John Broadhurst was a show president back in the 1920’s and with the help of other community spirited residents he found the timber and labour to assist in the construction of the inaugural grandstand which was named in his honour,” said Mayor Dempsey.
“The current grandstand still bears his name although much of what he contributed to the Childers community through his role on the show and also as the Council Chairman has diminished with the passage of time.
“It’s significant that the wonderful contributions made by the show pioneers is still recognised through structures such as the grandstand.
“Hopefully the John Broadhurst Grandstand continues to provide shelter and a wonderful viewing point for the show and the many sporting activities held at the showgrounds,” said Mayor Dempsey.
“We are grateful to the State Government and its Works for Queensland program for providing funds to assist with the grandstand refurbishment.”