Have a blast at the Laidley Show

HELD on July 9 and 10, the 121st annual Laidley Show will feature a wide array of new events and a fresh start after the devastating floods in January.

The Laidley Agricultural and Industrial Society run the proceedings year in and out and look forward to seeing the full support of the community after a tough start to the year.

If you are interested in becoming more of a part in your local community, why not become part of the annual show as a member?

This also relates to stewards for future shows in the following categories: Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Goats, Farm Produce, Horticulture, Preserves, Cooking, Brewing, Art, Needlework, Motorcycle and Ute shows and Schoolwork.

New show secretary Dalray McCarthy said anyone is encouraged to join in.

“We are always looking for interested persons to assist in all sections,” she said.

“The Show Society is also looking forward to hosting Lorraine Ashtons' Circus this year.

“The pavilion will be open with fun pig races also being held on both days.

“Saturday will see the retro-themed street parade come to life, the official opening of the show and then a fireworks display and live band will wrap it up.”

President Craig Wass is also excited about the V8 Simulator competition (with prizes of $300 for first, $150 for second and $50 for third) that he believes will be a major drawcard for revheads of all ages.

“There is a $300 first prize for the simulator and although it is a computer-game based thing, it is as close to driving a vehicle without crashing it and anyone can have a go,” he said.

Meanwhile stalwart groundskeeper, Walt Kowaltzke, is busy preparing for another year of action-packed activities at the Laidley Show.

Hundreds of feet will be stomping on his turf, but Mr Kowaltzke said the heavy rain over the past year has helped make conditions ripe for the ground's appearance.

He is just one of the reshuffled Laidley Show Committee who have been working flat out to make 2011 a success.

In addition to getting ready for the crowds on the day, a newly graded road into the Laidley Showgrounds has been made to provide easy access for visitors.

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