106th Innisfail & District Show set to return bigger and better than ever

The Grinder Girls are guaranteed to mesmerise the audience and spark the senses with their spectacular and explosive fire display.

THIS year’s 106th Annual Innisfail & District Show is returning on July 8 – 9 and promises to be bigger and better with something for everyone, including the popular sideshow alley, as well as several new entertainment acts.

Extremo Fire Show and Grinder Girls from the Gold Coast will perform in front of the grandstand at 8.00pm on both nights.

Teddy Powell, a steam engineer from Cairns, the Lego Mega City display with interactive Lego play, the Bundy Kegs and Cooperage display from Bundaberg, and a Dinosaur Park with roving dinosaurs are guaranteed to be popular amongst show-goers.

Chainsaw artist, Matty George, from the Gold Coast, who was a huge hit in 2019, returns and his demonstrations are sure to captivate audiences as he sculpts recycled logs into amazing creations.

The Australian Banana Packing Championships will return this year and are certain to be fiercely contested.

Motoring enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the Top of the State custom car and motorcycle display in the bottom shed and live bands, Area 13 and Mates Rates, will keep everyone entertained on both nights.

This year’s show will operate under a COVID Safe Plan, so there will be several changes and patrons are asked for their co-operation and patience.

At the gate, patrons are required to check in using the Check In Qld app using their smartphone, so please ensure that the names of everyone, including dependants, are registered to avoid delays. 

Once checked in, security personnel will issue a different coloured wristband on each day. Those who attend will need to follow directions, use hand sanitiser, and practice physical social distancing rules.

Entries are still being accepted in most categories, including horticulture, domestic (culinary), art, woodwork, needlework/handcraft, bananas, paw paws, sugar cane, beef cattle, horse/ring, and orchids. 

Schedules are available at Larsen’s Newsagent, Jill’s Stationery, Innisfail Stockfeed & Vet Lines, Mourilyan Newsagency, and Picnics Country Crafts or www.innisfailshow.com.au.

The Mad Hatters and Hattresses will provide roving entertainment, whilst children will be kept occupied with Terry Doyle’s Family Fun Show and Kids Corner, with face painting, singing, dancing, arts, and crafts.

Youngsters will also love the Radical Reptiles, with snakes and lizards, as well as being able to cuddle and pat chickens, pigs, sheep, ducks, cows, horses, and goats at the animal nursery. 

A fireworks’ display by Xplosive Art will be a highlight at approximately 8:30pm on both nights. 

Free buses will be running every half hour on Thursday from 5.00pm -10.00pm and on Friday, from 3.00pm-10.00pm, with pickups from King George Park, Central Markets, and Kmart to the Showgrounds.

Gates open on Thursday at 11:00am and on Friday at 9:00am. 

The Showmen’s Guild of Australasia sideshow bonus dollars, a sheet of 30 tickets for $25, are on sale until 11.00am on July 8 at Larsen’s newsagent and Jill’s Stationery until sold out.

A family pass (tickets for two adults and two children for Thursday and Friday, including a car pass) are available for sale at $35 and must be pre-purchased from the Show office.

The Innisfail Show office is open from 10.00am – 5.00pm until July 7.  For any enquiries, please phone 4061 3051 or send an email to: innisfailshow@gmail.com.

Admission prices at the gate are as follows: $15.00 per adult (16+ years), Aged / Veterans / Disabled / Pensioners $10.00 (ID required); $8.00 per child (5-15 years); children under five free. Cars $2.00.

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