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Escape The City For A Country Show This Weekend
Do you love all the magic of show-time in the country, but aren't too keen on the long drive that is often required to get to one? If this sounds like you, perhaps a visit to the Mary Valley Agricultural Show is just what you're looking for. Situated just an hour's drive north of Brisbane in the foothills west of the Sunshine Coast, the Mary Valley is often described as one of the few pristine hinterland regions still remaining in south-east Queensland.
First held in 1919, the Mary Valley Show still possesses all the country charm of these iconic Aussie events, with all the old-time favourites that generations of visitors have come to love. Popular with both locals and city-slickers, ring events are an integral part of the show and include show-jumping and other horse competitions. Another highlight is the rodeo, which will begin at 9am and finish at around 4pm. There will be team roping, steer wrestling, barrel races, breakaway roping, bareback riding, bull riding and much more.
Image courtesy of the Mary Valley Show website
Other classic events at the show are the wood-chopping competitions. Timber-felling was an important industry in the Mary Valley during the early days of colonial settlement, and the expertise of the competitors reflects the skills of these settlers.
Country shows are always great places for those who love art, craft and traditional home-style cookery, and on show day the Mary Valley Show Pavilion will display an awesome selection of creations by local artists, photographers, crafters and cooks. Even the most sophisticated city foodies will drool at the mouth-watering selection of cakes, biscuits, slices, jams, pickles and confectionary, while traditional country crafts will also be well represented with beautiful knitted, crocheted, embroidered, appliquéd, patch-worked and sewn items battling it out for first prize. Other sections of the pavilion will be dedicated to exquisite floral and horticultural displays.
While country shows are primarily centred around life on the land, there are also plenty of opportunities for fun and thrills, and the Mary Valley Show is no exception. The sideshows will open at 8am, and include all the classic fair-ground favourites like dodgem cars, scary rides and a haunted house. There will also be pony rides, Old MacDonald's Farm and loads of fun things for the littlies, as well as numerous market stalls and other vendors, purveying everything from show-bags and jewellery to farm machinery. Finally, there will be on-stage entertainment beginning at 10.30am and a spectacular fireworks display in the evening at 7.30pm.
In a nutshell, if you're hankering for all the fun of a genuine country fair then a visit to the Mary Valley Agricultural Show is an event you definitely won't want to miss. Located approximately an hour's drive north of Brisbane's CBD, it's an easy day trip, although the Mary Valley region is so picturesque that you may want to stay overnight and enjoy other local attractions the following day. Being so close to Brisbane, it's also a great alternative to Ekka, which many families find a bit on the pricey side. At smaller events like these you can enjoy all the magic of show-time, at a fraction of the price.
The Mary Valley Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday August 22 2015, from 8am until late. It will be held at Imbil Showgrounds, located on Edward Street in Imbil, and tickets will be $12 for adults and $6 for children under seventeen years. To learn more about the show, take a look at this website, or call 07 5484 5178.