THE President of the Gold Coast Show Society says he’s excited about how preparations for the August 29-31st event are progressing.
Doug Reiser says early indications are that the move from Parklands to the Gold Coast Turf Club will be a success with several new events set to boost the program.
“All the traditional favourites will be along, including sideshow alley, the animals, Miss Showgirl, woodchops, handicraft and cooking competitions and displays, stage entertainment, fireworks and everything the Show has become famous for over the past 107 years,” Mr Reiser said.
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“And we’re particularly excited about some first-time events the new location allows such as the LuminoCity Cultural Light Arts Festival and an Enid Blyton tribute stage adaptation of her book, The Faraway Tree,” he said.
After vacating Parklands for construction of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village, the 108th edition of the Show received the green light last month when a 33-year venue deal was agreed by the Show Society and the Gold Coast Turf Club, securing the Turf Club as the long-term home of the Show on the Gold Coast.
Mr Reiser said steps in the future viability of the Show are being taken during the planning of the 2014 event.
“A new permanent exhibition hall will be built at the Turf Club in time for next year’s Show and we’ll bring the equestrian events back onto the program from next year.
“Plans are progressing well to have everything in place for this year’s Show,” he said.
Up to 50,000 people are expected to attend this year.