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It's Killarney Show Time

Feb 10, 2017

2017 Killarney Show


You are All Invited . . . Killarney waits with baited breath this year because there has been so much work done in the old show grounds and the new pavilion is abuzz with activity – blokes and welders and machines, trucks, utes and bobcats . . . Ladies in the street are asking “Will it be finished in time for the 105th Annual Show ???? “

But yes, the Pavilion will be finished to a stage where it will definitely be in working order for the show. More improvements to follow. The old Supper Room, though not quite finished is in its new locations and will be a great place to pick up some food and refreshments while you 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.

Key Players in the re-development of the show grounds and the ongoing maintenance of the property are loveable locals Ross (Scrubber) Hamilton and Mal Smith.There’s not a day go by that these two stalwarts are not to be seen out there in the field and man oh man, Ross is putting in some long, hot days in these last weeks leading up to the show and getting the new Pavilion into working order by the due date.

Ross is an old cattle man from way back and also one of the breeders of the “show biz” bulls appearing at the Show and at the Killarney Rodeo in August each year. Mal too is a cattle man but perhaps better known for his potatoes grown in the rich soil of the highlands up behind Killarney.

Any of the local guys want to do a bit of volunteering either in the building – welding, painting, concreting etc. et.c or just the odd cruisy mowing of the fields and general maintenance during the year – give these boys a ring or drop in at Willow Street when Jan is there because this is the year the Killarney Show Grounds could use your support. (Jan’s red car will be parked out the back).

Volunteers say that the morning and arvo teas together or the odd sit down for a beer with other local volunteers is one of the highlights of their social programme.There is always a good laugh to be had at the show grounds and it’s a good feeling to be part of the PROGRESS!

If volunteering is not for you – then just buy Scrubber and Mal a beer when you see them at the pub. Man oh man – they deserve it.These boys are pulling off a lot of small miracles on a shoe string on a daily basis at the moment – Securing the Killarney Show Ground’s future and Killarney’s future as a host of many fabulous events and thousands of visitors each year,

Meanwhile, the Show Society team operate from the air conditioned old shop on Willow Street – nice and big and spacious and a little frantic at this time of year. President Jan Hamilton welcomes and invites the volunteers in and steady as a rock, Vice- President Natalie Sakrewsk and old friend Glenice Priceand many other good folk of Killarney, long-term supporters of the Show, work steadily beside her pulling together not only the big annual community event but also the new grant applications, new budgets, new plans and new visions for The SCENIC GEM OF THE SOUTHERN DOWNS’s 21st Century Show Grounds, ready for Killarney’s strong and prosperous future – inviting in new visitors, new events, new business and new rate-payers perhaps too.Go Killarney!!!!!!


Local legend has it that the Killarney Show is lucky enough to present the best and largest Prime Cattle exhibits on the Southern Downs – there are some big producers nearby and this year the entries for both the Stud and Prime Cattle are in strong numbers and we are all looking forward to seeing them. Come along and check it out Southern Downs – see if Killarney really does show the biggest and the best.

Yes the usual programme of Woodchop, Horse Events, Show Jumping and Cattle Dog Trials are all in place.The Cattle Dog Trials are 7 am on Friday, Cattle Judging will be at 8 am.You can be the first visitors to spot the winners at the Pavilion from 2 pm on Friday and of course all day Saturday.Killarney is such a beautiful place, the photography alone is a must see as locals pull out their best shots.

The Grand Parade commences at 1.45 am on Saturday including stunning Pony Club formation Display and the Saturday afternoon programme in the big arena is full of family fun and entertainment.Audiences were roaring with laughter last year at the Littlies motor bike racing followed by their fathers racing on the same bikes.

There will be hay cart races, potato sack races a real beauty of a multiple draw raffle this year to be drawn Saturday evening and of course the Smash Up Derby Calcutta sponsored by Killarney Autoworks and it just doesn’t go on for long enough. You will be holding your sides with laughter. More!...... more!....... more!..... from the Smash Up Derby crew is all we can say. Fantastic entertainment as part of a great Saturday night programme including 8 pm fireworks.

Saturday day-time - If your bringing the kids or your Mum, or your Dad or just a bunch of friends, – don’t miss the entertainment at the big Marquee from 10.30 am on Saturday. We have the Wuppies again this year early in the programme and they said there are going to be 15 or 20 of them with their Ukeleles. Always a popular treat.There will be more music too – come along, kick back and soak it up while the kids chase around the Clown or catch up with some whip cracking.

For the kids throughout the day there is face painting, balloon animal making workshops, whip cracking lessons, our regular roving clown and of course everyone’s old favourite Side Show Alley. Walter Whip and The Flames is coming for the Whip Cracking display and lessons. He tours Australia with his show. He even cuts roses from trusting young ladies hands and mouths. Yeah!!! A Fire Whip Artist! This we gotta see!

Friday Night – Cowboys and ladies alike are looking forward to finally getting to hear country/rock Performer – Earman Cockram. We all love a Crooner don’t we. He has been rained out at previous years in Killarney so maybe this Friday night at the 105th Annual Show we finally get the sing along we have been waiting for. All of the local ladies are definitely going to kick back and relax and listen to some good old favourites. Killarney is particularly proud of our local working Musician Bruce Haltar. Sure the charming Bruce he has a day job at the Co-op, but Bruce also is a working Southern Downs Musician with a fantastic techo set up which he uses to full benefit. He is playing solo but his show is BIG. His experience and talent shines through and he knows the music that is loved by young and old out here on the Southern Downs. His repertoire really is huge and diverse – Johnny Cash to Credence to Elvis to ACDC and everything in between. He is going to be big on the Stage on Saturday night. He brings out the young people when he plays at the Killarney pub so looking forward to a nice big mixed crowd by his stage on Saturday night.

Food – the Committee is thrilled to have some brand new offerings this year. Yes the usual, traditional favourites are there- you wont miss out. But we also have some new Traders and offerings such as: churros, dim-sims, slinky potatoes, porky porchetta, confectionary and jams.

Sunday -Team Penning and the Pony Club start from 8.30 am and the Killarney Show Society thanks local vet, DavidThomson for organising the Sunday programme.

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