Boonah reveals secret to successful country show
THE number of people who walked through the gates at this year's Boonah Show has almost doubled last years' record.
Show society secretary Beth Hern said gate takings were up 40% in what she described as the "most tremendous show" ever over the weekend.
"We estimate we had 10,000 people at this year's show," Mrs Hern said.
"Shows are the most important event for any country town. A town without a show is a town without a heart.
"The success of this year makes me feel very positive about the future of the Boonah Show."
Mrs Hern said the change of date and the expansion of the show from one to two full days were the keys to this year's success.
She said the theme "Looking Forward, Looking Back" combined the new and exciting aspects of an entertaining show while bringing back some traditional attractions from years gone by.
"We brought back the trots, wood chopping and the sheep dog trials," Mrs Hern said.
"We had wonderful sideshows, a record number of exhibitors in most sections, fabulous food vendors, 490 dog entries, 340 head prime cattle (and) 140 head of Droughtmaster for the Droughtmaster feature show.
"Show rides were a favourite for those who attened (as well as) the fact that Boonah is a good old fashioned country show, with all the extra entertainment that people love.'
Esk, Lowood and Toogoolawah Show Societies moved their dates around to ensure Ipswich and Boonah Shows no longer clashed.
"It shows that co-operation and working together as a team is vital for any organisation," Mrs Hern said.
When asked how the Show Society would maintain the sucess of this year's show, Mrs Hern said their tactic was fairly simple.
"We just have to keep working hard (and) can not rest on our laurels," she said.