Thousands vote with their feet to back Mullumbimby Show
DESPITE its relatively small size, the Mullumbimby Show's multifaceted attractions drew thousands of visitors over the weekend.
From the annual Truck Show and parade to dagwood dogs, rides, competitions and the anticipated destruction derby - there really was something for everyone at the 107th staging of the event.
Excited families lined the streets of Mullumbimby, some dragging out deck chairs, to watch about 80 gleaming trucks trundle their way through town during the parade on Saturday. Hernes Freight Services' Shane Johnston won Truck of the Show with his 2013 Kenworth T909.
Mullumbimby Show Society president Tony Carsburg said the society had worked hard to ensure new entertainment and attractions would draw the strongest crowd in years.
"I'm really proud to have been elected president and it's great to see how people respond to an event like this," he said.
"It's been such a privilege to work with all the dedicated people on the Show Society to make this happen.
"This year we knew we needed to put on something that's good value, so we've added lot of things to get some interest happening."
Evidently, it worked.
New attractions, including the Showtime FMX Motorcycle Show, complemented old favourites such as the pie-eating competition, trotting, talent quest and poultry and cattle judging.
The poultry pavilion was a popular destination for many families at the show.
Beenleigh-based poultry judge Rob Monement said the pavilion was always teeming with curious families and no-nonsense competitors.
"Even at the Brisbane Ekka the poultry is the most popular," he said.
"Most people can identify with the game birds because of chooks.
"It's great to see the interest. We have so many young people coming though in poultry."
The Showgirl contest remained popular this year and the Tiny Tots category, won by Charlotte East, Mia McKenzie and Scharlotte Johnston, was inevitably adorable.
Charlotte's mother Kayla East said the girls had enjoyed the attention and loved their VIP ride in the truck parade.
"Everyone's been saying 'Aw, they're so little and they're just so cute'," she said.
"We've been here since 9am for judging and stuff, handing out ribbons, and the girls are very excited."
The show's friendly atmosphere and packed program mustered considerable praise from those patrons who spoke with The Northern Star.
The show ended yesterday with the thrills and spills of the destruction derby.