ROLL UP: Charmaine and Hugo Searle had a ball at last year's show and this year is shaping up to be even better.
ROLL UP: Charmaine and Hugo Searle had a ball at last year's show and this year is shaping up to be even better. Nev Madsen

Tight schedule of fun for Toowoomba Show

AFTER a few years of less-than perfect weather, Damon Phillips is gearing up for a show with green grounds and sunny skies.

The Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show is set to kick off on Thursday and the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland CEO said he was looking forward to some great weather and strong crowds.

Mr Phillips said this year's event was planned with a few important lessons in mind.

Extra care was being taken to ensure major events ran as close to schedule as possible to avoid delays like last year's fireworks display.

He said due to the tightly-packed schedule it was sometimes difficult to get the ring events out of the way by the scheduled time and get set up for the evening's entertainment.

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Artists often played for five or 10 extra minutes, slowly pushing the schedule further back.

This year volunteers would be running a tight ship and artists encouraged to keep to their booked set times, ensuring the crowd-favourite fireworks display would go off with a bang at the scheduled time of 8pm.

He also promised extra seating and shade.

"Going back to the early days we never had tables or chairs because the only food you could get, like dagwood dogs and chips, you could eat while you walked around," he said.

"Times have changed and this year we'll have tables, chairs, umbrellas, bean bags and that sort of thing because there will be a lot more food available.

"There will be a craft beer bar, Indonesian street food, Greek food and all kinds of things so you can sit down and watch some of the performances on the family stage while you have a bite to eat."

He said the cornerstone of the show was the agricultural side of things and was surprised how well farmers were doing with entries in spite of tough conditions.

He said most sections had increased entries with the exception of the dairy cattle section.

The 2019 Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show kicks off Thursday and continues until Saturday.


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