Ipswich and Boonah set for a "show-down"

POSITIVE: Boonah Show committee secretary Beth Hern at the Boonah Showgrounds.
POSITIVE: Boonah Show committee secretary Beth Hern at the Boonah Showgrounds. Sarah Harvey

A SHOWDOWN between Ipswich and Boonah will come to a head this May as both communities host their shows on the same weekend.

For the first time in recent history, both Boonah and Ipswich will hold their shows on the weekend of May 17, traditionally the date held by Boonah for more than 65 years.

Ipswich Show Society put the Ipswich Show forward one week last year after a successful year in 2010 which saw their event fall on the weekend after Mother's Day.

President Marcia Cruickshank said the Mother's Day weekend had long been an issue for the society as it wasn't financially viable and the date had to be changed.

"Our show week has always been a problem for us," Ms Cruickshank said.

"We can't go a week earlier because it would create a four-day weekend with the show holiday and Labour Day.

"We can't go a week earlier because it would create a four-day weekend with the show holiday and Labour Day.

"Business don't like having public holidays around after Mother's Day and it is hard getting stewards and volunteers to work then."

The show circuit starts each year with the Sydney Royal Easter Show held in March.

The showmen then traditionally make their way up north from Sydney.

While the Boonah Show Society members were initially "unhappy" about the colliding dates, Boonah Show committee secretary Beth Hern said they would make it work.

"Show dates are not worked out by individual show societies, they are a part of the tradition of the show and are almost set in stone," Mrs Hern said.

"To change a show date is not an easy thing to do.

"We made the agreement last year that we would shift our show to Ipswich's old date and that didn't really work for us.

"This year the members themselves decided to move the date back. We're being positive about it."

"This year the members themselves decided to move the date back. We're being positive about it."

Both committees have agreed to hold their judging on alternate days to enable entrants to attend both shows.

Ipswich will hold its prime cattle judging a week early,

show jumping on the Thursday and Friday and the dog competition on Wednesday of the show week.

Topics:  boonah show, ipswich show, ipswich show society, marcia cruickshank

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