100th show a party for the ages

A MISHMASH of the old and new was how Gloucester chose to celebrate its 100th show.

From period dress, stage coaches and side-saddle riding to a talent quest, chainsaw racing and motocross riders, the 100th show was quite a party.

Organisers had spent months preparing for the historic event.

Opened by the show’s longest serving committee member John Higgins, the show featured a poetry contest, farmers’ challenge, boot throw, wood chop and fashion parade along with a visit by hundreds of local school children on Friday.

It concluded with a bang, as the annual demolition derby and a spectacular fireworks display brought the event to a glorious close.

The start of the fireworks display for the 100th Gloucester Show.

The start of the fireworks display for the 100th Gloucester Show.

Claire Tredoux Erasmus competing in the boot throw.

Claire Tredoux Erasmus competing in the boot throw.

Lydia Higgins competing in the boot throw.

Lydia Higgins competing in the boot throw.

Chainsaw racing in the main ring.

Chainsaw racing in the main ring.

Chainsaw racing in the main ring.

Chainsaw racing in the main ring.

A rider from FMX Kaos motocross team.

A rider from FMX Kaos motocross team.

Competitors in the wood chop.

Competitors in the wood chop.

Ben Reynolds and Dakota Ellis performing for the crowds.

Ben Reynolds and Dakota Ellis performing for the crowds.

Nicholas Maslen with his winning exhibit.

Nicholas Maslen with his winning exhibit.

Tim Wilson of Avon Valley Jerseys with the grand champion intermediate dairy exhibit.

Tim Wilson of Avon Valley Jerseys with the grand champion intermediate dairy exhibit.

Katie Forbes with her grand champion junior dairy exhibit.

Katie Forbes with her grand champion junior dairy exhibit.

Brianna Barron, Jack Henshaw and Ben Hill with exhibit winners from 'Bulliac Angus'.

Brianna Barron, Jack Henshaw and Ben Hill with exhibit winners from 'Bulliac Angus'.

Gloucester Showgirl winners Karra Daley, Ayla Ansell, Anneka Hooke and Indira Baker with Stuart Moore, Jenny Wilson and Casey Gooch.

Gloucester Showgirl winners Karra Daley, Ayla Ansell, Anneka Hooke and Indira Baker with Stuart Moore, Jenny Wilson and Casey Gooch.

David Gorton, Dr David Gillespie, Norm Carter, Eric Leslie, John Higgins, James Hooke and Holly Borham.

David Gorton, Dr David Gillespie, Norm Carter, Eric Leslie, John Higgins, James Hooke and Holly Borham.

Miss Teenage Showgirl Ayla Ansell with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Miss Teenage Showgirl Ayla Ansell with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Miss Junior Showgirl Anneka Hooke with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Miss Junior Showgirl Anneka Hooke with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Miss Mini Showgirl Indira Baker with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Miss Mini Showgirl Indira Baker with Gloucester Showgirl Karra Daley.

Julius Hollingsworth with his winning exhibit.

Julius Hollingsworth with his winning exhibit.

Stephen Coombes and Nicole Hartwig with some of the winning Devon exhibits.

Stephen Coombes and Nicole Hartwig with some of the winning Devon exhibits.

Sally Maslen and Claire Tredoux Erasmus get into the show spirit.

Sally Maslen and Claire Tredoux Erasmus get into the show spirit.

Charlotte Maslen riding side saddle.

Charlotte Maslen riding side saddle.

Anneka Hooke and Laura Bignell hitch a ride on the mail coach.

Anneka Hooke and Laura Bignell hitch a ride on the mail coach.

The Cobb and Co mail coach was a hit with spectators.

The Cobb and Co mail coach was a hit with spectators.

Jessi Coulter in period dress.

Jessi Coulter in period dress.

Michael Kellett competing in the woodchop.

Michael Kellett competing in the woodchop.

Patrick Skelton and Hayley Johns in a period dress she made herself.

Patrick Skelton and Hayley Johns in a period dress she made herself.

Sally and Susan Higgins got into the spirit of the 100th show.

Sally and Susan Higgins got into the spirit of the 100th show.

William, Gordon, John and James Higgins from Mallalee grab a bite to eat.

William, Gordon, John and James Higgins from Mallalee grab a bite to eat.

The 'Octopus' ride proved a hit with show-goers.

The 'Octopus' ride proved a hit with show-goers.

Phoebe Paynter, Jessica and Charlotte Marchant and Jamison Looby with a furry friend.

Phoebe Paynter, Jessica and Charlotte Marchant and Jamison Looby with a furry friend.

Participants in the campdraft.

Participants in the campdraft.

Students from St Joseph's Primary participate in a cake decorating demonstration.

Students from St Joseph's Primary participate in a cake decorating demonstration.

Students from Barrington Public enjoying an historic film at the 'Boots and All' display.

Students from Barrington Public enjoying an historic film at the 'Boots and All' display.

Gloucester Public students enjoy a quilt making activity in the craft pavilion.

Gloucester Public students enjoy a quilt making activity in the craft pavilion.

Gloucester Public student Aiden Coombes at the Gloucester Shire Council display.

Gloucester Public student Aiden Coombes at the Gloucester Shire Council display.

Travis Johnson gets to grips with the mechanical bull ride.

Travis Johnson gets to grips with the mechanical bull ride.

Gloucester Public students Jack Fenning and Jack Johnson in one of the pavilions.

Gloucester Public students Jack Fenning and Jack Johnson in one of the pavilions.

Gloucester Public students Hayley Weismantel and Harry Moore with a spinning wheel.

Gloucester Public students Hayley Weismantel and Harry Moore with a spinning wheel.