ANGUS Lane wanted to be a show ring announcer from the age of nine.

Mr Lane, who is announcing at the 141st Ipswich Show, now travels around Australia pursuing his passion at 52 shows each year.

He is living the dream.

"I was nine years old and sitting on Machinery Hill at the Ekka … and mum said to me, 'What would you like to do? Would you like to be involved in cattle or horses or sheep or goats?'

"I said I would like to take that microphone off the now late George Hartman, who was announcing at that time, and be the royal showring announcer.

"That opportunity didn't arise until many years later. (In the early 1980s) two gentlemen retired from the Jandowae Show and the opportunity was there to sample my dream."

Mr Lane said the attraction to the role revolved around people.

"I used to be enthralled with George Hartman's way of talking about the people … where they came from, how long they had been exhibiting for and what they did professionally.

"They are passionate about what they do, and for me it is always an honour and a privilege and a pleasure to present the passion of people."

Mr Lane, who was awarded an OAM for his services to agricultural shows, said the key to being a good presenter revolved around words beginning with the letter P.

"Without preparation you can't do a presentation and, without passion and purpose, you would be letting the people down," he said.

"The show movement is the biggest voluntary organisation in Australia, so they all have passion.

"It takes 12 months of hard work for the committee to put (the show) together with their staff.

"Shows like this at Ipswich give people the opportunity to compete and win the ribbon, and then go on to bigger and brighter things at the royal shows in the future."

Mr Lane says Ipswich has produced "many wonderful stewards".

"Warren Cummins is a former ringmaster at the Royal (Queensland) Show, and he started here in this lovely city," Mr Lane said.

"Tom Lenihan is one of the horse superintendents at the Brisbane Ekka.

"Michael Grieve is the current ringmaster at the Ipswich Show and is also the deputy ringmaster at the Brisbane Show, and his father Lester is also a steward.

"The late Sonny Stokes, a wonderful man, helped create the program for the (Royal Queensland) Show.

"So many stewards came from this wonderful part of the world.

"I love the unity at this show, from Marcia Cruickshank the president right through the whole dynamic committee of over 30 people."

Mr Lane just had three weeks presenting at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and is now looking forward to the upcoming Brisbane Ekka..

"I had a six-year break from the Brisbane Ekka, but I have just been invited back as the chief announcer by the (RNA) president David Thomas.

"I am excited about that because the Brisbane Ekka was always my dream, and to go back there is an absolute honour."



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