The three-day 2017 Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show is on again from March 30 to April 1 at the Clive Berghofer Event Centre Toowoomba Showgrounds.
In 2016 45,000 people poured through the gates of the Showgrounds and Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland CEO Damon Phillips is expecting similar or larger numbers this year.
Mr Phillips said historically the show was designed to showcase the very best in agriculture and handicraft, which is what the society still aims to achieve today.
“We’re creating more educational programs highlighting the importance of agriculture to the Darling Downs region,” Mr Phillips said.
“Show societies should be public relations agencies for agriculture, and we’re in the unique position of promoting agricultural producers to consumers,” he said.
“For instance the Little Hands on Farm experience gives families the opportunity to touch and smell a range of crops especially grown for the show, and learn about farming practices, farm equipment and animals.”
A Small Landholders Expo has also been incorporated into this year’s show giving local producers the opportunity to see some of the latest innovations in agricultural equipment and technology.
Entertainment is the cornerstone of the show and there is plenty to enjoy around the grounds prior to the night time show in the main arena. Once the gates open, there will be non-stop activity for all the family, including the largest horse show in Australia.
The first of the harness race heats will get underway on Thursday, before Minister for Natural Resources Dr Anthony Lynham officially opens the show at 5pm. The harness racing action will continue before the crew from Fad Cheer and Dance showcase the latest dance moves to get everyone into the spirit of the evening.
Mikayla Jade will be making her Toowoomba debut with a fantastic display of trick horse riding before showgoers preview some of the entries in the Life on the Land Film Festival. The night will also feature the Lone Ranger Stunt Show, Wheel of Death Motorcycle Stunt Show, Crazy Clown Car and High Wire Motorcycle Act.
The Heroes of the Outback Arena Spectacular will make its debut at Toowoomba this year before the harness racing final and Young Farmers Challenge take place, and for the first time Jet Pack Adventures will perform their thrilling themed shows.
The evening will end with a major pyrotechnical extravaganza “Great Southern Land – The Story of Us” which will include a big screen presentation and a great soundtrack to accompany the action.
For more information please visit the Toowoomba Show website www.toowoombashow.com.au.