Clash of show titans

The viability of the Gympie Show could be threatened if the Ipswich Show moves to the same dates in May.
The viability of the Gympie Show could be threatened if the Ipswich Show moves to the same dates in May. Renee Pilcher

BOONAH, Brookfield and Gympie Shows - the third weekend in May has long been an embarrassment of riches for agricultural show competitors.

Now another contender is eyeing off the desirable autumn date.

A proposal has been put to the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies (QCAS) by the Ipswich Show committee to swap their dates with Boonah Show.

The result would see both Gympie and Ipswich Shows scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19 - a clash of two major events on the show circuit.

Gympie Show Society president Lars Hedberg said the show committee was strenuously opposed to the change and adamant the Gympie Show would stand firm on its dates.

He said the proposed move by Ipswich Show had the potential to affect the Gympie Show's viability.

"It would significantly impact two areas," he said. "The showjumpers would be forced to choose between two major competitions and sideshow alley people would be forced to choose between two competing events."

The committee, he said, understood that shows sometimes had to change their dates but this change would be particularly detrimental to other shows.

"That's why we are objecting very strongly to this proposal."

And it was out of the question to change the Gympie Show dates.

The sideshow alley fraternity made a run north after the Ipswich Show, Mr Hedberg said, and Gympie was their first stop as they headed up the coast.

"(Moving Gympie Show) would then impact on about 15 other shows and we're not prepared to cause that chain reaction."

The Brookfield and Gympie Show Societies had always worked together to avoid any showjumping overlap - running their main events on different days so entrants could compete at both.

"We intend to communicate with the Ipswich Show and QCAS and have this resolved in the next four weeks," Mr Hedberg said.

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