It was Cloncurry’s annual night of nights on Thursday and the Cattleman’s Dinner brought out the best from the townies and the surrounding rural areas.
Almost 300 people crammed the Cloncurry Community Precinct to enjoy a night of entertainment accompanies by great local Stanbroke beef, with vegetarians thin on the ground.
The town was buzzing after the arrival of the steam train earlier that day and the dinner kicks off the Show on Friday with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove there to open proceedings.
Special guest on the night was Wallabies legend and two-times World Cup winner Tim Horan who entertained with stories from his time wearing the gold jersey, even bringing along his jersey and his cap for the occasion.
Mayor Greg Campbell said the Dinner exemplified Cloncurry’s great agricultural tradition as the town celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017.
The Mayor also congratulated Cloncurry and District show president Drew Hacon and his committee, stewards and volunteers for putting on a great event.
Show president Drew Hacon welcomed everyone to the night and said the show was one of the best of its kind in Queensland.
“The fireworks at the end of the Cloncurry Show I believe are the best outside Brisbane,” Mr Hacon said.
The two showgirl entrants Tegan Northrop and Raquelle Vieira were introduced and judge Vicky Telford put them through their paces asking them questions ahead of the show.
Another highlight of the night is the judging of the cattle section of the show and judge Reid Raddle said it was another high quality exhibit.
Class 1: Pen of three local bullocks: Venlock
Class 2: Pen of three local trade steers: Nardoo
Class 3: Pen of three export steers: Standbroke
Class 4: Pen of three local heifers: Nardoo
Class 5: Pen of three yearlings: The Nobbies
Class 6: Pen of Three Export Cows: Stanbroke
The Sausage King award was taken out by Augustus Downs.