by Jack Lawrie
THE 2017 Annual Monto Show is back again, looking to pull out all the stops to make a great weekend of rural activity and family fun.
In the lead up to the actual show, there will be a high tea on April 23 which will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and see the crowning of the next Monto Miss Showgirl and Rural Ambassador.
People are invited to come along for an afternoon of tea, cakes, sandwiches and conversation.
The show will begin on Saturday, April 29 from 8am with the Brahman Feature Show as well as a start to the all-day horse and jumping events.
The South Queensland branch of the Australian Brahman Breeders Association is organising the Brahman Show, timing it as a trial run for events later down the line.
Show Society president Amanda Goody said the horse riding events would all be taking place on Saturday to free up the track on Sunday for other events.
"There'll be heaps of kids riding, both locally and from away because they all gain points so they can go to Ekka,” Mrs Goody said.
From 9am, the more entertainment-oriented events start, with a dry work horse challenge, wood chopping and chainsaw races and prime cattle judging.
The horse events will wrap up at 5.30pm, which will lead straight into the official show opening.
That will be followed by the Young Farmers' Challenge and then the Rooftop Express, followed by live music from Barlight and bar open until midnight.
Mrs Goody said the horse jumping events would be a big attraction, with some high level spectator jumps.
"It should all flow on really well,” she said.
Sunday morning will start early at 7am with the campdraft, a late addition to the schedule.
"We always have a campdraft, but the dry weather meant we couldn't source the cattle for it this year,” Mrs Goody said.
"Since it's rained, we had someone approach the committee to donate his cattle so we could have a draft.”
It will be a modest draft of around 60 horses, but nominations are coming in fast.
The rest of the day will feature the show barrel race, horse sports and stud cattle judging from 8am, and a ute muster from 10am.
Family-friendly entertainment will run through both days, such as Old McDonald's Farm, Nickleby Magician, a Lego tent on Saturday and Tyrone's Circus Troupe and a Goat Show on Sunday.