By Jeremy Sollars
This Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February will see the ‘Best Little Town on the Downs’ come alive with the 139th Allora Show.
The grounds are in great condition after the recent storms and there is an action packed ring program on offer.
There will be dog shows held in the Kennel Club arena on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Prime cattle will be judged on Friday then the sale will follow.
The invitation bull ride to be held at 7.30pm on Friday will again feature top riders as they compete for generous prizes.
Visitors are advised to get in early, grab some dinner and get a spot in the stand.
The pavilion will be open from about noon till 4.30pm on Friday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday. Cooking and art demonstrations will be held in the pavilion at various times.
All creatures great and small are welcome to enter the children’s pet parade which will be held at 11.30am on Saturday.
Prizes will be given to the smallest, largest, best dressed pet and so on.
This year the Darling Downs Zoo has donated some passes to be won.
Ute Muster nominations will close at 11.30am on Saturday followed by the judging at noon. Contact James Kedar on 0458 151 493.
Saturday night is always very popular for families. Activities will start around 5pm following the ring events with ladies and Buzzbox smash up derbys.
The big fireworks show will be held at about 8pm followed by the smash up derby finals which is always a huge hit with young and old.
Saturday night entertainment at the bar this year will be by the local Denny band.
This year the show is lucky to have IWA – International Wrestling Australia.
This is a unique form of live entertainment that has to be seen to be believed with its slick combination of comedy, athleticism and drama, the physical embodiment of comic book superheroes and villains that will appeal to the whole family.
There will be three shows in the wrestling tent at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm on Saturday and entry cost is included in the show ticket.
As a tribute to the late Phil Higgins and his baking prowess the show is holding a non-competitive baking display.
Cakes are to be delivered to the pavilion by 9am on Friday 10 February.
For every cake on display Grant and Janette Lolback will donate $1 to the Melanoma Institute Australia.
Membership tickets can be purchased from the Allora pharmacy, hardware, newsagent and branch of Warwick Credit Union until Thursday 9 February.
Tickets include entry to the Allora, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Killarney shows and for a family cost $40 and a single costs $20.
The show schedule is available to download and print at www.allorashow.org.au
For further information call Shirley Cornhill on 0427 100 210.
Friday 10 February
6am – Gates open.
8.30am – Pavilion entries must be in.
9am – Judging of pavilion entries.
9am – Pony Club events, show jumping and ring events all day.
10am – Prime cattle judging.
Noon – Pavilion open to public.
1pm – Prime cattle sale.
7.30pm – Scott Keogh’s bull ride and entertainment and bar till late.
Saturday 11 February
6am – Gates open.
7.30am – Show jumping.
8am – Ring events – all day.
8.30am Pavilion open. Stud led cattle classes.
9am – Stud beef, goats, sheep, dogs, poultry and birds judging. Baillie Boys Model Exhibitions in the pavilion.
11.30am – Pet parade.
1pm – International wrestling tent.
3pm – State Ute Muster judging. International Wrestling Tent.
4.30pm – Pavilion entries maybe collected. Artwork by Darcy Pitstock.
5pm – Demolition Derby.
6pm – International Wrestling Tent.
7.30pm – Fireworks display – sponsored by Ranbuild, We R Signs, Southern Downs Ag, Allora School Buses and Local Charter, Warwick Credit Union and Saturn Electrical.
8.30pm – Demolition Derby Finals – sponsored by Ryanie for Tyres and Wilson and Rigby Motor Body Repairs.