Roll up, roll up: gates swing open for Sunshine Coast Show
The Sunshine Agricultural Coast Show will go on.
The annual three day event kicks off at Nambour Showgrounds at 9am today, despite a COVID-19 scare on the southern end of the coast.
Mayor Mark Jamieson is encouraging locals to support the event.
"They have a COVIDSafe plan and people will be made aware of that as they enter the show, and I encourage people to go," Cr Jamieson says.
"We lost out on the show last year as a consequence of COVID.
"That obviously has a profound effect on that community, on the Show Society and their ability to stage the event year in and year out, all the agriculturalists who display and particularly the sideshow operators."
Office manager for the Sunshine Coast Show Penny Walsh is hoping the Sunshine Coast community gets behind the event this year, promising there is something for everyone.
She's expecting a new Ferris wheel in particular, to be a major drawcard for visitors.
"It is the biggest Ferris wheel at the Sunshine Coast Show," Ms Walsh says.
"It has amazing lights and it looks fabulous but the beauty of our new Ferris wheel is the fact that people can now go into the Ferris wheel in a wheelchair.
Ms Walsh says on the back of not having a show last year, many shows across the country are struggling.
"We're in the same boat," she says.
"We're a non-profit organisation, run by a very small band of people who put the show on year in, year out for the benefit of the community.
"It brings everybody together."