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The rain held off as Mossman celebrated its 70th Annual Show last month. The event ran over two sunny days and drew unexpected crowds from near and far.

Mossman Show Society President Matthew Hatfield was surprised at the number of visitors to the region who came through the gate.

“We usually get a great turn out from residents, but this year there were noticeably more travellers, particularly from interstate.

“We are yet to count the tickets sold, but we estimate it was well over the 5,000 mark over the two days.”

While pavilion entries were slightly down this year, the quality was outstanding and displays covered agriculture, horticulture, culinary, needlework, arts and crafts and photography.

“We encourage everyone to get involved in the exhibits from school students, mums and dads, community group and businesses,” Matthew said.

The travelling entertainment including Eljays Junkyard Action Show and Helly Hoops were a hit with families, and Matthew said he was pleased there was a mixture of home grown talent on display.

“Mossman High School’s Concert Band took centre stage on Monday evening, playing hits from Broadway to the latest Top 40 songs and our local pooches excelled in the Dog Jumping competition.”

Douglas Shire Council’s display included a recycling game, a water quiz and a kid’s corner which proved to be a respite area for parents with young children.  Plastic Free Cairns joined in, sharing tips and tricks to encourage residents to recycle, reuse and reduce.

Matthew said the Show Society was, as always, grateful to all the volunteers and supporters to give up their time to make the event such a success.

“We look forward to an even bigger show in 2023.”


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