Wet weather fails to dampen spirits at the 106th Innisfail and District Show

Emma Braun with her four tier Alice in Wonderland cake, which won first place in the Adult Novelty cake section.

NEITHER wet weather nor COVID-19 dampened spirits or deter avid show goers, as large numbers passed through the gates for the 106th Annual Innisfail and District Show last Thursday and Friday.

Many families braved the wet weather and took their children to the show before the start of the new school term.

Performances by Stevo Xtremo and the Grinder Girls, which featured a mixture of fire, dance, and music, were a huge hit on both nights, whilst large crowds flocked to the grounds for their yearly fix of food, fun, show bags, and the sideshow alley.

There was something for everyone at this year’s show, with several new events, exhibits, and rides, along with the age-old favourites, such as the pavilion displays, and pony and horse events.

The RESTA reptile show with snakes and lizards were popular with adults and children alike, while Carters Animal Farm was a huge hit, especially with the youngsters, as they cuddled and patted chickens, pigs, sheep, ducks, cows, horses, camels, donkeys, and goats. 

The Invitational Horse versus Motorbike Barrel Race Challenge held in the centre ring proved a huge drawcard for the third year. 

Chainsaw artist, Matty George from Noosa, again grabbed the attention of many show goers during his demonstrations and they were mesmerised whilst he sculpted a log into creations such as a barramundi, dogs, and a cassowary.

New attractions, Dinosaur Park with roving dinosaurs, Lego mega city display, Teddy Powell’s miniature steam engines, and Bundy Kegs and Cooperage, proved popular with the crowds. 

Ray Petrie was the Grand Champion for his Slipper Orchid, which is from a 50-year-old strain, as well as Reserve Champion for Other Species – Cattleya.

The Australian Banana Packing Championships also drew large, vocal crowds and were hotly contested between nine teams of two from the Cassowary Coast, who registered some swift times, with one of their boxes judged on presentation and weight.

‘On A Mission’ team of Anne Rikini and Naomi Brownrigg were crowned the grand champions, who picked up the highest prize money and trophy, whilst the ‘Birthday Boys’ team of Ron and Hosi Vatoko finished in second place, and the ‘Yin and Yang’ team of Ray Sambo and Damien Johnson, were third.

Spectacular fireworks by Xplosive Art at the end of each night ensured the show finished with plenty of colour and noise.

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