Face painter Erence McGovern gives Amber Wretham, 6, a new look.
Face painter Erence McGovern gives Amber Wretham, 6, a new look.

What's happening at the Sunshine Coast Show today

HORSES sailing over jumps, axes thudding into timber, and dagwood dogs dripping with tomato sauce.

The sights, sounds and smells of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show were the same yesterday as they have been for years.

And fans who had waited a whole year turned out to get their fix of the traditions.

Show society president Jenny McKay said attendance was on track to meet the expected target of 25,000 over the three days of the event.

"We've definitely on a par with last year. We've probably had 6500 to 7000 people through, so we've had a great day," she said about 4pm.

Crowds were expected to build last night for the official opening by Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer, and a China versus Australia fireworks spectacular.

Charlotte White, of Nambour, with Oliver, 6, and Primrose, 8.
Charlotte White, of Nambour, with Oliver, 6, and Primrose, 8.

Ms McKay said the weather had been on the show's side throughout the day.

"It's been very kind to us. It started off a little bit cold and we had a shower, but that's gone and hopefully will stay away for the rest of the show."

Many of those attending yesterday were keen to view the exhibits and learn the show results for family and friends.

Ms McKay said interesting trends had emerged among this year's entries.

"We understood with the cattle, because of tough times, that numbers would be down, but the dairy cattle numbers are up and beef down a little bit," she said.

"Poultry is slightly down but there has been a 40% increase in exhibits by young people," she said. "And that's the same with the arts, crafts and cooking. They are up."

Ms McKay said she was pleased to see schools involved in the show.

Students from five schools will show cattle. Work from other students is on display in one of the pavilions.

"This is a very competitive ground at this time of year," she said.

TODAY

  • Gates open at 8am
  • Limited disability parking at the showground.
  • Shuttle bus service will run from the Nambour Transit Centre from 8am to 7pm.
  • Other stops four times a day at Doolan St outside Sundale, on Carter Rd outside Hibiscus, and Blaxland St outside Burnside High.
Adult 1 Day Pass $18.00 - 1 Adult
    Pre-purchased - $15.00
  Concession 1 Day Pass $15.00 - Aged, Disabled & Vet Affairs, Students 12 to Under 18 YRS
(I.D. Card required for each category)
    Pre-purchased - $13.00
  Junior 1 Day Pass $5.00 - (5 - Under 12yrs)
  Children under 5 years free
  Family 1 Day Pass $45.00 - 2 Adults & 2 children under 12yrs
    Pre-purchased - $35.00 
  Single Family 1 day pass $25.00 - 1 Adult & 2 children under 12yrs
    Pre-purchased - $20.00 
SO CUTE: Freya Wallis, 5, from Buderim makes a feathered friend at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show yesterday.
SO CUTE: Freya Wallis, 5, from Buderim makes a feathered friend at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show yesterday. Patrick Woods

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