Volunteers keep milestone show alive in Mudgeeraba
BRIAN Jones has played a part in the Mudgeeraba Show as a volunteer since 1988.
He's mainly involved with the heritage aspect of the event and the animals.
"I used to help with the showjumping. I was a judge and course builder," Brian said.
"I had a farm before. I've always been interested in animals and horses.
"I look after the heritage side of the show, the cattle and the sheep.
"We have alpacas, and in the heritage section there'll be a young girl coming who carves rocking horses.
"We have one of the biggest chook shows around."
The 90th Mudgeeraba Show over two days, June 23 and 24, is expected to attract between 40,000 and 50,000 competitors and onlookers.
The show began as a small fete and flower show in 1928 to raise money for improvements to the Memorial Hall.
In 1977 it moved to the current location on Worongary Rd.
These days, volunteer Eric Black looks after the entertainment program.
Major attractions this year are country music stars Chad Morgan and Adam Brand.
"Chad, at 85, still draws a crowd like you wouldn't believe," Eric said.
"He's the last Australian country music icon."
Adam Brand is on his 20th anniversary tour around Australia.
"Mudgeeraba Show is his only Gold Coast event," Eric said.
"It's going to be the main attraction on the Saturday night, before the fireworks."
Non-stop music during the show on two stages also includes rock 'n' roll harpist Elska.
Show society secretary/manager Lynda Parsons says the show theme is "where the country meets the coast".
"We've got dinosaurs coming. They're animated and the kids'll love it," she said.
"We've got the orchid society, the milking barn where kids can milk the cows and goats."
Two Old Ducks will demonstrate how to cook delicious back-to-basics food.
The ladies have a passion for creating healthy and nutritious meals from garden fruit and vegies and simple pantry items.
Jace the Ace will add a little magic, while the ever-popular side shows and showbags will be traditional drawcards.
Lynda said attracting sponsorship had been tougher this year because businesses had committed resources to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, but support from volunteers was as strong as ever.
"We have about 180 members, about half-a-dozen regular volunteers and there's nine committee members - they're all volunteers," she said.
"We have an awesome team of volunteers.
"They act as stewards, help in the pavilion and with meals."
The showgrounds are used most weekends by the pony club.
"We have car club swap meets and we rent out the halls for dance groups," Lynda said.
Three pavilions are used for functions and celebrations.
The Mudgeeraba Show runs on June 23 and 24, from 8am to 9pm on Saturday, and on Sunday 8am to 4pm. Cost $17 adults, $12 pensioners.
Details at www.mudgeerabashow.org.au/.