He's my little champ, says Tahlia
ROSEWOOD Showgrounds was a hive of activity on Saturday as the community gathered for their annual show.
Hundreds flocked through the gates to enjoy the best in the region's cattle and equestrian, as well as traditional sideshow alley fun, rides and food.
Tahlia Cole, 5, proudly showed off her 11-month-old short-legged dexter, which won Reserve Champion in his category.
Mum Michelle Cole said the family were regulars at regional shows, but would miss this year's Ekka due to flood repairs still being done on their property.
Justin and Shandelle Voll, from Harrisville, said their children were used to rodeos and shows.
"They've got all the get up - we spend most weekends at shows and rodeos," Mr Voll said.
"My dad has come up to judge the beef cattle."
Geoff Nalder travelled from Ransom, near Capalaba, to take second and third prizes in the harness event on his "number one" steed, Iris Sebn, a nine-year-old Australian miniature pony. Mr Nalder has shown horses for 40 years and has ridden in the harness category for four years.
"It's my sanity," he said. "Before I retired I was a butcher and after a big week of sometimes grumpy customers I'd just go out and ride for my sanity."
Mt Marrow mum Toni Priest took daughter Isobel McGaw, 5, along and the QT caught her tucking into some giant fairy floss.
"She's already had a dagwood dog, but I shared it with her. It's my indulgence," Ms Priest said.
"She's been whinging because she has had enough of the cattle, and that's all her dad wants to watch."
Competitors thrashed the paddocks in the stockhorse challenge, and immaculately groomed horses and riders competed in the equestrian.
Information stalls gave show-goers useful tips and the Showgrounds Pavilion was packed with prize-winning entries in cakes, needlework, sewing, antiques, patch work and dress-making categories.