DAY OUT: Robert Nauta with his son Kane (right) and step son Cody Pickering (middle) enjoying the Laidley Show.
DAY OUT: Robert Nauta with his son Kane (right) and step son Cody Pickering (middle) enjoying the Laidley Show. Sarah Harvey

Laidley puts on a great show for all

THE town of Laidley - long considered Queensland's "country garden" - celebrated more than just its fruit and vegetable production this weekend.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the Lockyer Valley township to share in the fun and excitement of its annual agricultural show.

Since it first took place in 1890, the three-day event has consistently been a popular occasion for locals to come together. On Saturday, organisers said more than 5000 people had tramped through the gates.

Laidley Show Society secretary Dalray McCarthy said the perfect weather on the weekend had helped make this year's show so successful.

"It's usually cold in July but this time the sun was out and the weather was absolutely magnificent," she said.

Mrs McCarthy said the popular event aimed to showcase country life to its visitors and drew in crowds with its simple, old-time feel.

Plainland grandparents Albert and Karen Bell said they had not missed a show in the past five years.

"This will be the first time we have taken our grandson Stewart with us," she said.

Mrs Bell said she enjoyed the friendly laid-back atmosphere at each show.

"When my husband and I go, we generally don't wander over to the sideshow alley and just come for the exhibitions," she said.

"But since Stewart is with us today, we'll be heading over there later for the rides and show bags...after we've looked at the cake displays."

As well as the usual attractions of sideshow alley and carnival food, this year's show included 329 horse events, a monster truck show, a circus and a fireworks display.

For more information visit laidleyshow.com.au



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