Community spirit strong at 103rd Childers Show

Bundaberg Region's first show a roaring success

Childers Show equestrian
Lily Short and Bell competing at the Childers Show

Community spirit was strong at the 103rd Childers Show with an impressive array of exhibits and plenty of support from volunteers and locals.

As the first show for the Bundaberg Region this season got under way the Dagwood dogs and showbags weren’t the only things to draw in the crowd.

The Childers Show, with its laid-back country atmosphere, connected the tight-knit community in its 103rd year.

The community’s best cooking and cut flower displays were just two of the highlights on show.

Isis District High School impresses with cattle

Childers Show cattle exhibiti
Isis District High School's Summer Robertshaw and Billy the Droughtmaster.

First-time entrant and Year 7 student Summer Robertshaw, 12, did well, receiving the encouragement award along with second in lightweight steers and third place for judgement.

“I have eight cattle at home and it’s great to be here today,” Summer said.

Isis District High School agriculture teacher Dawn Collier said the Childers Show was a highlight on the calendar.

“This show is really good for helping the young ones to come up in the industry,” she said.

“They make sure everyone has a go and I would just love to see it grow.”

Showjumping success

In the showjumping ring 10-year-old Lily Short rode Bell with Grace, the Welsh cobb, as she cleared the gates with ease.

Lily started riding at two years of age and said competing came easily.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was good to see everyone out enjoying themselves.

“From the young at heart to the seniors an event like this brings people together,” he said.

“We have woodchoppers, karate kids, along with animal, food and plant displays – all with a high standard.”

Clowning around with the Council

Childers Show clown
Bundaberg Regional Councillor Wayne Honor, Mayor Jack Dempsey and Burnett MP Stephen Bennett get jumped by Tyrone OReilly.

Before the official opening, Mayor Dempsey, Cr Wayne Honor and Burnett MP Stephen Bennett enjoyed the festivities before being preyed upon by circus clown Tyrone O’Reilly.

Searching the crowd Tyrone was looking for some brave volunteers to help him out with his next death-defying stunt when the trio caught his eye.

Lining the unsuspecting men up on a quadbike and ride mower with the Mayor in the middle, Tyrone told them to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.  

“Give these councillors a hand of applause as it may be the last time you see them today,” Tyrone said.

Counting down from three as he hurdled himself onto a small trampoline before flipping over the awe struck and bewildered volunteers.

John Broadhurst a pioneer

Childers Show grandstand
Burnett MP Stephen Bennett, Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor, Cr Wayne Honor, Isis District High School students John Hourton, Sarah Onoprienko and Anderson Bee along with Royal Ambassador for the Childers Show Cheyenne Slaats.

During the official opening Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said Childers Show has one of the best vistas in the country, especially with the newly renovated John Broadhurst Stand.

Mayor Dempsey said John was a pioneer in the region and a stalwart of the community.

“This stand will not only be used for the show but in the community for a variety of activities,” he said.

Childers community spirit strong

They both paid tribute to the exhibitors and the show committee, saying it would not be possible without the tireless work of the volunteers.

Childers Show president Peter Warren also said although the show committee was small, its achievements were huge for the town.

“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from local businesses – so a big thank you,” Peter said.  

Royal Ambassador for the Childers Show Cheyenne Slaats encouraged the community to take part in next year’s Showgirl event.

“I’m a red dirt ambassador at heart and encourage anyone to take part in this event,” Cheyenne said.