Clouds turn to crowds on show day
MINIATURE cattle, stilt walkers, clowns, jet cars and obstacle climbing bikes.
These only scratch the surface of the entertainment at the Ipswich Show's people day yesterday.
After a cool and foggy morning, the day cleared and the crowds turned out at the showgrounds, with Show Society president Marcia Cruickshank stating the show was on track to match last year's record attendance.
The pavilions, main arena and sideshow alley were full from the opening of the gates.
From haunted houses and dodgem cars to hamburgers and fairy floss, sideshow alley was a hit with young and old.
The rides and games were joined by the showbags in the pavilion and a covered eating area that saw local youth bands performing live.
The 139th edition of the annual show also had great entries in the craft and pavilion events.
Stewards at the craftwork pavilion said they received more entries than previous years, with more than 400 pieces of local craft on display. Cooking demonstrations and a fashion parade were among the new entertainment held on the new stage inside the craftworks pavilion.
Despite a location behind sideshow alley, the Eljay Freestyle entertainers attracted big crowds.
The show saw bicycle and motorbike trials riders hop and jump their way over an obstacle course and even each other.
The entertainment was hard to escape, with a number of roving performers.
The Memphis Moovers took to the showgrounds' roads in their tiny car performing a range of songs, while Beppo the Clown and Princess Eulalia the stilt walker made their way through pavilions.
The fall of dark didn't stop the entertainment, with camel races, fireworks, jet cars and monster trucks taking to the main arena.
The entertainment will continue tonight, including more fireworks, vintage speed cars, more camel racing and a demolition derby.
Free shuttle buses
The Ipswich Show continues today and tomorrow at the showgrounds on Warwick Rd.
Two free shuttle buses will be running to and from the showgrounds from the Ipswich train station and Bremer State High School.
For more information visit the Show Society website www.ipswichshow.com.au.