Roma showgoers in for a cracker of a time

By Matt Sherrington
Updated April 21 2017 - 6:44am, first published 6:30am

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Great entertainment, exquisite livestock and more treats, showbags and rides than you can poke a stick at, will attract visitors of all ages to the Roma Show at Bassett Park on May 12-13.

Leap into Roma: A large schedule of traditional agricultural competitions will be held during show encompassing everything from horse sports to home and garden events.



Roma Show Society president Puddy Chandler will be experiencing this years show for the first time in the role and hopes the enhanced focus on family entertainment will provide a boost to local attendance figures.

“We’ve placed a lot of emphasis on providing a wider range of events and attractions this year in the hopes of enticing more local families to attend,” Ms Chandler said.

“It’s going to be a fun show that all families can enjoy, hopefully everyone gets something out it as there will definitely be plenty for everyone to do, and see,” she said.

Be sure to check out the bonecrunching action in the ring during the IWA Pro Wrestling exhibition and all the whip cracking excitement provided by Walter Whip & the Flames or learn more about our scaly friends at Luke’s Reptile Kingdom.

Other highlights will include the First Light circus entertainment, the Professor Wallace Puppet theatre, Scottish dancers, fashion parades, and a spectacular family fireworks display on Saturday evening.

A large schedule of traditional agricultural competitions will also be held during the event, with horse sports, cattle judging, sheep dog trials taking place, along with poultry, farm and garden, art, cooking and photography competitions just to name a few. 

The 2017 show will excite visitors of all ages with a vast selection of rides, showbags and sweet treats on offer.

The Maranoa Men’s Breakfast being held on Friday morning is set to be a corker, with Cunnamulla bush boy Allan Cooney to share his exploits with the crowd.

Mr Cooney will fascinate and inspire you as he takes you on his journey which has seen him wear many hats across his incredible career which he began as a jackaroo, followed by roles as varied as professional footballer, stud master, movie extra, sheep breeder, stage actor, pilot, share trader to his more recent accomplishments which include being an Antarctic station leader and his current position as CEO of stock and station agency TopX Australia.

Showgoers can also relax at the Machinery Bar and Main Bar while enjoying a cold drink with friends and family and singing along to the live music provided by The Shot Foxes on Friday night and Laura Lavelle on Saturday night.

Ms Chandler said the Miss Showgirl will return this year as a feature event.

“The Roma Show Society is looking for ladies between the ages of 18 and 28 to enter in the competition.

“It’s set to be great fun as the girls come together for a meet and greet prior to the judging with the winner to be announced just before the show is officially opened at 1pm on Friday afternoon.”

“There will be some great prizes, so join in the fun and email Sally Rollo – – as soon as possible for further information.”

Another highlight will be the The Young Farmer Challenge which will involve four mates completing an obstacle course where teams must conquer a number of problem solving tasks designed around agricultural and farming skills.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase the skill and know-how of our communities younger generation.”

To make your time at the show even more enjoyable a free courtesy bus service will be available.



For enquiries and to become a member of the Roma Show Society which will provide your family with the cheapest way of attending the 2017 show please visit the event website.

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