DOGS took centre stage at the opening day at Kalbar Show yesterday.

Nearly 200 four-legged entrants competed for champion of the show, including Miss Jolie, the afghan hound, which won the open class.

Owner Heidi McKay is a regular on the south-east Queensland show circuit and said the three hours it took to blow wave Miss Jolie each week was well worth the effort.

The 84th annual Kalbar Show promises to be the family event of the year. Show society secretary Joy Hetherton said she was expecting big crowds today, with forecasts predicting sunny skies.

"We've got a spectacular night program on Saturday with pig races, mini trotters, barrel racing, KTM motocross demos, entertainment from Fassifern Car Club and fireworks from 7.30pm," she said.

"During the day there is a farmyard nursery, Professor Wallace's Puppets, a roving clown and magician, a vintage engine display, tractor show and lots of stalls with plenty to see and do."

Sideshow Alley features some new additions this year, including zorb balls, Hampton Motorbikes and traditional family favourites: the laughing clowns, shooting gallery, jumping castles and more.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for pensioners and high school students, and primary school students are free.



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