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26 June, 2022

Atherton set for show fun

THE wood chips will be flying, horses will show their jumping prowess and sideshow alley will be rocking at this year's Atherton Show.

By Robyn Holmes

Woodchopper Stan Jensen put in a big effort at last year’s show.

Organisers are gearing up for what they hope will be a record crowd to the two-day annual event which attracts around 6000 people each year. 

The gates to the family fun event will open on 27 June, with a packed program across the two days, with the second day of the show a public holiday in Atherton. 

Woodchopper Stan Jensen put in a big effort at last year’s show.

This year, attendees can look forward to catching up with Frank and his two dogs, Annie and Lucifer, from the Muster Dog Series, witness Helen Godden’s show stopping 6.5m quilt, “My Australia”, visit the Dinosaur Adventure Park, see the pig racing and much more. 

Helen Godden "My Australia"

Event manager Kylie Lang said there’s was something for everyone at the show, including on Monday when they hold Sensory Session from 9am to 12pm, with the Sensory Room created by Tablelands Regional Council open on both days. 

“There’s also the Tapestry of the Tastebuds Area with local breweries featured such as Narrow Tracks Distillery, Wild River Distillery, Billy Cart Brewery, Hemmingway’s and Devils’ Thumb,” she said. 

“This year you will find the QCWA and Country Kitchens promoting their 100 years and there is also a little surprise to be held in conjunction with the fireworks to celebrate this organisation’s efforts and contributions over the past 100 years.” 

Another highlight of the show is the grand parade which kicks off at 2.30pm on Tuesday 28 June. 

There are a variety of competitions that range from culinary art to floral displays and, of course, the popular woodchops, with entry forms available through the show’s website, Lang said the show had recently donated 30 per cent of the monies collected from the Easter raffle to Birdwing Therapies in Malanda. 

Left: Paige Schofield committee member of the Atherton Show Society. Right: Keran Director of Birdwing Therapies

“We would like to recognise the efforts of the Show’s Ambassadors and say thank you to John Contarino, Mobile Finance Broker, who generously donated the prizes,” she said. 

Birdwing Therapies offer support in areas including child and family welfare, attachment and trauma focused practice, mental health, and positive based behavioural techniques.

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