LAIDLEY SHOW WINNERS: (back row) Show Queen Katrina Hamlyn, Show Princess Allisha Hannan, runner-up Desley Person, Show Matron Nikita Adcock, runner-up Matron Vanessa McIntosh. Middle row: Corey Elliot, Junior Princess, under-13 Best Dressed, Junior best dressed Mitchell Elliot and (front) Best Dressed Gentleman, Ken McGuire. PHOTOS: Michael Pin Laidley
COLOURFUL gowns and the social elite converged at the Laidley Cultural Centre for a action-packed evening.
The band, Triple Beat, kicked things off from 6.45pm playing a few swinging numbers and organiser John Keehn was among many who said it was a top night.
“It was the social event of Laidley with about 230 guests attending,” Mr Keehn said.
“We had sold out a few weeks before and that is the first time it's happened in a long time.
He puts the surge in interest down to a reorganisation of the Show Society and the set up on the night.
“This year we did something completely different and didn't use the stage,” he said.
“We decided to put the band on the floor along with the presentations and above all the catering was unbelievable and every plate was licked clean.”
While the adults were waited on with a sumptuous roast meal and dessert, the judging commenced.
“It was an excellent night and it was the first time I had done the Laidley Show Ball, after President Craig Wass put me up to it,” he said.
“If the Show is anything like the Show Ball, it is definitely something to look forward to.”
Mr Keehn said after the floods it was lightening to see such a positive response.
“We had 27 raffles all up and prizes ranged from B&B vouchers to sandwich machines and bottles of wine,” he said.
“We have already sold about 50 tickets for next year.
“We had people turn up to the door that didn't pre-pay and we had to turn them away unfortunately.”
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