Father and son team Jaye and John Short set up their new million-dollar dodgems ride at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
Father and son team Jaye and John Short set up their new million-dollar dodgems ride at the Ipswich Showgrounds. David Nielsen

New ride will thrill show-goers

JOHN Short's family has entertained visitors to sideshow alley for the best part of three generations.

Dodgems and car rides have been their speciality since the 1950s.

"My father started in the business in 1926, and his father did it before him," Mr Short said.

"I've been coming to Ipswich since 1975.

"Ipswich is one of the best shows in Queensland - the best attended and financially."

This week the Shorts will thrill show-goers with their new ride, Let's Drive Dodgems.

"The dodgem track was made in Belgium - it cost us over $1.2 million," Mr Short said.

"The cars were $10,000 each and there are 26 cars on the track. It's unbelievable when you see it.

"It's not just a kids' ride - adults rush back into it."

Showmen's Guild members will also present a dazzling array of stomach-churning drawcards like Sky Walker, Sea Circus, Flash Dance, Giant Wheel, Cyber Party, Ghost Train and Big Whizzer.

Rides are priced from $5 a turn.

The 139th Ipswich Show is almost ready to go, with action aplenty this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Show society president Marcia Cruickshank has been putting the finishing touches to displays at the Warwick Rd showgrounds.

"I am proud to say all space is filled in the Trade Pavilion," she said.

"I am hoping for our magnificent autumn weather and we should have a great show."

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will open the show at 2pm this Friday, Ipswich Show Day.

As always the smash-up derby will excite show-goers on Saturday night, with the Monster Trucks making an appearance on Friday.

Every night of the show, attractions will include the fireworks, rocket truck, the FMX Kaos motorcross and camel races.

Entrance fees haven't been increased for the past three years.

At the gate, ticket prices will be $15 (adults), $12 pensioners/students, $7 primary school students and $35 for a family pass per day.

Show-goers can save money by pre-paying for tickets by 4pm Thursday.

Pre-sell tickets are available at the showgrounds office, Riverlink Shopping Centre and participating newsagents.

SHOWTIME

Ipswich Show 2012 will be in action from 9am-9pm this Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday.



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