The Gold Coast Show has locked in a home for the next four years, sticking with its extremely successful move to Southport’s Broadwater Parklands.
With the support of the Gold Coast Council, and it’s new home, the show will also remain completely free for the public to attend.
The historic show was held as a non-ticketed event on the water for the first time last year, which saw a resurgence of support with around 135,000 attendees.
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This year, the show will run from August 30 to September 1 2019, bringing the Broadwater Parklands alive from the Northern developed parks through to the Sundale Bridge.
It’ll include a spectacular side-show alley, camel rides on the beach, unicorn rides, mermaid appearances, woodchopping, baby animal farms, live music, traditional show food, roving entertainment, fireworks and (of course) the gigantic Showbag Pavilion.
For the 2019 event, the Gold Coast Show Society has announced a new President – the first full term elected female President – Josephine Tobias.
With an extensive management and tourism background, Ms Tobias hopes to bring a new direction to the way the show creates memories.
“I have a tremendous interest in the community and local government and I am thrilled to take on the role as Chair of the Gold Coast Show Society.
“The iconic show holds so many memories for not only our community, but for the Gold Coast and it will continue to be part of the cultural fabric of our city,” Ms Tobias said.
Mayor Tom Tate says he’s in full support of the event, and he’s excited that free entry has been ensured.
“I’ve always believed it’s better a family arrives and enjoys the show without having to pay considerable entry fees.
“That leaves more money for them to spend on the kids, a hotdog, the rides, some fairy floss and a show bag,’’ Mayor Tate said.