Entertainment galore for Esk 120th

Equal first fancy dress winners were Jocelyn (Shrek) and Payton Eames (Dragon) from Gatton, with Cutie dressed up as Donkey. Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

The Esk Show celebrated its 120th anniversary in grand fashion from 24 to 25 May, offering two days of endless entertainment that delighted both residents and visitors.

The show’s Friday program featured the new Stockman’s Challenge competition for junior and open rides as well as camp drafting, which boasted 84 competitors.

The Esk Campdraft winners were Steven Little riding Blue Duck and Russell Fogg riding Chickera, who came equal fourth (105 points), Ian MacDonald riding Tellina, who came second (165 points), and Simone Klaus, who won third with Miss Marple (162 points) and first with Tuckers Oak (170 points).

The show’s photography section at the Bryden Hall smashed its average yearly record of 350 entries, welcoming 525 entries in 2024.

Saturday’s entertainment lineup offered something for everyone, with interactive roaming dinosaurs, thrilling pig and lawn mower races, an exciting wood chop competition with its finals, an adorable animal nursery, dodge’em cars, and face painting activities.

Kids made the most of the free rides, with lines backed up as far as the eye could see.

At night, families gathered together for the fireworks and to watch the Young Farmers Challenge.