Your guide to the 2024 Lowood Show

This year’s Horses section welcomes a return to some of Lowood’s favourite categories.

The 2024 Lowood Show promises brilliant displays across all sections of the show.

Find out what’s in store:

HORSES – GIDDY UP FOR LOWOOD SHOW

The Lowood Show will welcome a chief steward with a wealth of experience for its horse section in 2024.

Chief steward Sally Rodger will be taking the place of longstanding Ringmaster and show society life member Bruce Vayro for this year’s program.

Mrs Roger had been involved with the Ipswich Show Society from the time she was 18, and stewarded in the ring for the first time at age 10.

She said the Lowood Show had an extensive horse program and looked forward to continuing what was great while adding some fresh ideas to the schedule over time.

“We have gone with Bruce’s program from previous years for 2024, but it will be looked at after the show, and we’ll go from there for next year,” she said.

“We have show jumping on Friday and Saturday, with the local day on Friday.

“So it’s all your lead classes and hack classes, and then Saturday is all your breeds plus your hacks and everything again.”

Mrs Roger said the Horses section is one of the most popular attractions and draws people of all ages to watch.

“A lot of people come just to sit around the ring and watch the horses, a lot of older people in the country towns do,” she said.

“I’ve always loved the standard breeds because we’ve got trotting horses.

“I love the Persians and your Gypsy Cobs as well.

“I started in the Pony section at Ipswich, I was in their section as a steward for years, and then went on to eventually become Ringmaster.

“In coming years, I aim to be a bit more intensive with the sections, in Ipswich we always had our own judge for different sections.

“Different breeds really need their own sort of judge that fits in with them.”

WOODCHOP – CATCH THE AXEMEN IN ACTION

Chop chop, you don’t want to miss the axemen as they battle it out at the Lowood Show on Saturday, 15 June.

Woodchop chief steward Alwyn Christensen said there were 12 woodchop events scheduled for the day.

“It’s very entertaining. We run all day so there’s events running every 20 minutes to half an hour,” Mr Christensen said.

“We’ll have championship events generally around lunch time.

“This year we’re having a junior’s event. This is the first year… so we’re hoping we get a good roll of junior axemen.”

Mr Christensen said the 2024 Lowood Show would host the inaugural Ashley Christensen Memorial competition, a 275mm U/H Handicap, in honour of Alwyn’s father who passed away in February 2024.

“He used to be the steward here at the show for the woodchopping and he’s recently passed away, so we’re going to do a memorial woodchop for him and have a perpetual trophy,” he said.

“My father supplied logs around the shows for 50-odd years, so he has a lot of history with the shows.”

Mr Christensen said the entire family had a long history with woodchop.

“The whole family’s going to try and be out for the day and help with all the events happening during the day,” he said.

“My son Jake will be competing this year, so he’s the fourth generation.”

FINE ART – LINGER LONGER IN FINE ART

Fine art stewards are asking visitors to linger longer at the 2024 Lowood Show.

Stewards Margaret and Ethel said they looked forward to the help of new stewards Gai, Lianne, Lexi and Paul.

The section will have 19 classes with a special section theme of the seasons autumn and spring.

First prize will be awarded to the artwork which best responds to this theme.

Numerous artworks are available for sale, and all art will be showcased upstairs in the main hall with an elevator available for those requiring assistance.

The section will have a stewards’ award and peoples’ choice, so make sure to take in all of the art on display and pick your favourite.

The stewards thanked their new sponsors, the Lions Club and Fernvale Artist Group who generously offered to sponsor.

The 2023 show had more than 100 entries with a strong junior section, supported by Nextra Lowood for a number of years.

DONKEYS – ONE-OF-A-KIND DONKEY AND MULE SHOW

Showgoers coming to the Lowood Show on Saturday, 15 June are in for a treat with the exciting and novel Lowood Donkey and Mule Show, an unmissable experience.

The biggest donkey and mule show in Queensland, the Lowood event attracts $1,600 worth of prizes across 12 unique classes.

Lowood Donkey and Mule Show organiser Tracey McKinnon said the showcase gives people an opportunity they can’t experience anywhere nationwide.

“You don’t see mules in Australia,” she said.

“You cannot walk out into a paddock and find a mule.

“I think people like to see them. Over in America, they have mule shows as big as horse shows.

“There are several sections, including ridden work, working classes, and a junior class to get the up-and-comers interested in donkeys and mules.

“There are miniature Mediterranean ones, up to your knees, and then there are ones as big as a horse.

“They go through an obstacle course, where they go through jumps and everything.”

Ms McKinnon said she got involved with organising the event after the society welcomed her idea of creating a showcasing event for both mules and donkeys.

“I bought a little miniature mule ten years ago, and then I wanted to show it, so I asked Lowood Show if we could have a donkey and mule section,” she said.

“A donkey’s got like a cattle tail, like with a stick, with a bushel on the end, and then a mule’s got a horse tail [is the main difference].”

The event is sponsored by Pharmachem, who provides hoof oil, and Kohnke’s Own, who supports by giving gift vouchers.

HORTICULTURE – BLOSSOMING COMPETITION

The horticulture section of the Lowood Show has grown over the past few years with new exhibitors coming along each year and collecting prizes.

Horticulture chief steward Graham Bayliss said favourable weather conditions in 2024 should provide a great display.

“Our sponsors have increased which allows additional prizes in the form of vouchers to be won,” Mr Bayliss said.

“The cut flower section could see the best exhibit receiving up to $50.

“The judge will be looking for freshness of entries at peak maturity, clean and free of any pests or diseases.

“With an increase in prizes we would like to see an increase in exhibits for the orchid and junior sections.”

Anyone interested in enquiring can contact Mr Bayliss on 07 5426 4073.

Entries will be accepted between the hours of 3pm and 5pm on Thursday or 7:45pm and 10am on Friday, judging day.

“Please come along and make a great display,” Mr Bayliss said.

Mr Bayliss thanked the generous donations from the following sponsors: Burns Water Supply, Valley Pest Control, Golden Finch Lawns and new sponsor Jackwitz Farms.

Mr Bayliss also thanked the catering committee and all other stewards.

UTES – BEAUT UTES COME TO SHOW

Lowood Show Society’s ute section is shaping up to be huge for 2024.

Utes steward Jessica Anderson said they were hoping to crush the current record of 75 utes in attendance, with 80 or more.

“2024 will see also more entrants in the beloved circle work competition,” Mrs Anderson said.

“In 2023 we had 25 six-cylinder utes and only 9 eight-cylinder utes.

“After the record number doing circle work at the 2024 Lowood Spudds & Dudds B&S back on April 6th everyone is pumped and ready to go.”

Ute enthusiasts will also look forward to the yearly Loudest Exhaust Comp which crowns the driver with the 2024 Loudest Ute of Lowood Show.

“Which is a huge achievement to both ute and driver,” Mrs Anderson said.

“Our local Lowood ute drivers are keen to see some great competition attend the Lowood Show.

“We have Utes coming from far and wide, from Caboolture to Roma and even down to Tamworth.”

Lowood Show’s ute section is known for its fierce competition and friendly yearly catchup between like-minded people.

The drone photography of the Circle Work Competition will be again done by Brad from Country Rumble & Co – Drone Videography & Photography.

POULTRY & MORE – CAGED BIRDS FLOCK TO LOWOOD

Pluck up some courage and visit your local feathered friends in the shed at Lowood Show this Saturday.

Poultry, pigeons and caged birds steward Warren Nicholls said the Lowood Show attracts around 700 winged entrants each year.

“I show at all the local shows around the place and I run Lowood,” Mr Nicholls said.

“It’s always enjoyable.

“A lot of people come to the show from the Sunshine Coast, the Darling Downs and other places to meet new people.

“We always get good judges which attracts competition.”

Mr Nicholls said the Ipswich Caged Bird Society will be bringing more budgerigars, canaries, finches and other caged birds to the show this year.

“We always get caged birds, but we’re going to get a lot more this year than normal,” he said.

The growth of the poultry, pigeons and caged birds sections would not be possible without the support of the Lowood Show Society and sponsors.

“The Show Society raised a lot of money to build a new shed and new pens in 2020,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Our main sponsor is Shayne Neumann, he always donates trophies.”

SCHOOLWORK – A STEP IN THE DOOR

What better reason to visit the Lowood Show is there than to see what your own children’s work?

Schoolwork steward Lahtasha Lewis has three kids of her own and helps them enter vegetables at Lowood Show.

She said she wanted to see more young kids getting involved in the show, and schoolwork was a simple way to encourage children to participate and visit the show.

“I just wanted the young kids to get more involved, so I’ve asked all the schools around to get involved in our Lowood Show,” she said.

This year, 11 schools have signed up to the schoolwork section.

“I am so happy with the number of schools getting involved in the local show this year,” Mrs Lewis said.

“We have displays from kindy, primary and high school.

“We welcome everyone to come down and have a look at the school displays.”

Mrs Lewis has returned to the role for the second year after a very successful display in 2023.

“It’s good for kids to show off their schoolwork and their school at the same time,” she said.

“They can come to the show and have a look what they’ve done and show their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

“You will be blown away with all the effort that the kids put into their displays.”

Mrs Lewis encouraged parents and grandparents to get their children involved in other sections like showing animals, fruit and vegetables, art and photography.

“There’s plenty of ways to get involved,” she said.

“If we have the young kids getting involved in our show, later on down the track they can show their own grandkids ‘this is what we used to do when we were kids’.”

Visit the schoolwork display in the Disaster Management Shed beside the woodchopping arena.

“See you all at the Lowood Show 2024,” Mrs Lewis said.

PRIME CATTLE – WHO WILL WIN BEAST OF THE SHOW?

The prime cattle section at the 2024 Lowood Show is poised to be a showcase of top quality cattle from around the district.

Prime cattle steward Trevor Schulz said exhibitors have been meticulously breeding and feeding their priced stock in preparation for this year’s competition.

“The competition serves as a reminder of the invaluable contribution of farmers and producers to the vitality of our agricultural heritage,” Mr Schulz said.

“Make sure to come down to the cattle yards to watch the judging at 10am on Saturday 15th June to see who takes out the coveted ‘Beast of the Show’ this year.”