SHOWDOWN: Taonga Thatcher the Bundaberg Show, which kicks off tomorrow. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail
SHOWDOWN: Taonga Thatcher the Bundaberg Show, which kicks off tomorrow. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail Eliza Goetze

Bundaberg Show? It's in the bag

A WHOLE lot of love goes into your showbag before you pluck it from the stand and take it home.

Pamela McPherson puts her imagination into all of the bags she curates - from Bertie Beetle to one of her favourite TV shows, Breaking Bad.

The souvenir favourites are not just for kids: video game Assassin's Creed is a popular choice for many grown-ups, while Taonga Thatcher says the Paw Patrol showbags are selling like hotcakes, riding the wave of the popular kids' TV show.

Showbags are a highlight at the show along with rides, motocross, utes, and a range of agricultural and crafty offerings.

Scott Miller is bringing a new attraction to Bundaberg as he makes his way up the Queensland coast. Rocky River Mining invites kids to pan for gold and other gems among stones sourced from the Australian outback and around the world - from Coober Pedy to Mexico.

"They then get a guide which tells them what they've got - it's very educational," Mr Miller said. "I like to bring something different to the shows every year." He and his father built the old-fashioned cabin and trough themselves.

Judging was well under way in the pavilion yesterday with spinning and weaving, fruit and vegetables, pickles, jams and jellies, baked goods, pottery, art, photography, dolls and scrapbooks.

Guinea pigs, poultry and caged birds will also be on show. Horse events, including the Queensland Showjumping Championships, kick off tomorrow and continue across the week. Cattle judging kicks off on Thursday. There will also be a ute show with seven categories, from best B&S, Chicks, Classic and Feral Utes.

Bags at the show cost as much as $28 - but the beloved Bertie Beetle bag is still around for the princely sum of $2.

BUNDABERG SHOW

WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday

WHERE: Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, Kendalls Rd, Avoca

GETTING THERE: Parking is available onsite and a shuttle bus will leave from outside Target, Sizzler and Sugarland bus stop every hour

COST: Adults: $18

School students u19: $15

School students u16: $10

Pensioners: $12

Over 75 and under 5: Free

SEEING WHAT THE PEOPLE OF BUNDABERG CAN DO   THE Bundaberg Show has been a part of  Wendy Driver's life since she was from age three.   "I used to come with my grandad - he was in the woodchop. We used to come out as a family and spent many happy years with the show," she says.   Now she is in her second year as president of the Bundaberg Show Society, and looking to turn the show into a "mini Sydney show".   For the first time, the Royal Australian Mint is holding a stall at the main pavilion to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the changeover to decimal currency.   "It's always at Sydney and Brisbane, but for the Mint to come here is a bit of a coup."   For Mrs Driver, the show is about "seeing what Bundaberg can do". "There are lots of clever people in this town who are keen to show off their work," she says.   "And seeing what the farmers bring in - there are some excellent beasts coming in."   There are three times thrice as many the entries in the flowers and plants categories as than last year. And 11 local schools are involved in the show, including East State School, where Year 2 students have made animals for the fruit and vegetable displays. Other schools have celebrated the decimal currency anniversary with coin-themed art displays.