KILLARNEY’S 105th annual agricultural show begins tomorrow, and with it comes a new pavilion and the supper room moved to a new location. The vantage point is the ‘big old hall’ with the sprung dance floor that has new steel stumps and is now the Killarney Pony Club HQ
Situated on the Queensland/New South Wales border, the Killarney showgrounds has been a hive of activity, with some residents asking if all the works be finished in time.
And the answer is ‘yes’ — the pavilion will be finished to a stage where it will definitely be in working order for the show — with more improvements to follow. The old Supper Room, though not quite finished, is in its new location and will be a great place to pick up some food and refreshments while patrons are at the marquee. The big old hall with the sprung dance floor is now the Killarney Pony Club HQ, and sits rather grandly to the east on new steel stumps and will oversee the show from its new location.
Friday begins with working dog trials closely followed by the popular prime cattle of 12 sections; all cattle will be auctioned at 11am. The rodeo begins at 5.30pm. After being rained-out in previous years, country/rock performer, Eamon Cockram, will hopefully complete his performance.
Saturday begins with the stud cattle at 9am; then the woodchop and horse events. An addition is the highly anticipated ute muster, which includes Street Ute, Chicks Ute, B&S Ute, Work Ute, Feral Ute, Classic Ute, Best Holden and Best Ford.
In the marquee on Saturday night ‘The Wuppies’ are on stage from 10 to 12 lunch, ‘Deeny’ is playing in the Marquee from 3pm to 5pm, plus there’s a 30-piece Ukulele Band and the Killarney State School Singers plus there is a Tiny Tots segment with a clown.
Saturday night at the bar will feature local one-man band Bruce Haltar, the local working musician who is the popular entertainer at the Killarney Pub during the year.
A late addition is ‘Black Velvet Jazz,’ Black Velvet Jazz is a popular foursome who play a mix of jazz, blues, rock and a smidgin of country to keep the locals happy. Be thoroughly entertained by the expertise of Graham Muller on piano, John Cosgrove on bass and Steven Clark on drums. Keeping the boys in line is Deeny Kohler-Caporale, well-known proprietor of Joie de Vivre Restaurant and Coffee Shop in King Street, Warwick. Deeny brings to the line-up her own version of smooth jazz with a twist of latin groove to keep audiences tapping long after the music has stopped.
Sunday will begin with the team penning at 8.30am, followed by Pony Club events at about 1pm.
The big multi-draw raffle will be on Saturday night, and there are some fantastic prizes.
Food? Yes, there will be the usual offerings plus some brand new tastes like churros, dim-sims, porky porchetta, wood-fired pizzas, confectionary and jams.
All up, Killarney is looking forward to a fabulous year in 2017 and everyone is invited.
The full program can be found at www.killarneyshow.org.
The Killarney show runs from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26.