Jan Hamilton, Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc.
You’re all invited to the 111th Killarney Show. Here we are again celebrating our community, our traditions, our friendships and enjoying some friendly competition. The Show is also a great time to welcome visitors to our community.
All the background work started well before Christmas, volunteers and stewards preparing programs and grounds.
Our Show is part of a tradition of hundreds of agricultural shows across Australia, part of Australia’s past, present and future, and continuing to be at the heart of local, regional communities.
The Killarney Show Grounds is a community-owned capital asset managed by a not-for-profit community committee, so the show is really YOUR show.
The myriad of events held at the showgrounds help fund the upkeep of your showgrounds and brings people to our town.
Our annual events are, Waddle, Saddle & Pedal, Endurance Ride, Campdraft, Bonfire Night, Rodeo, caravan groups staying, variety clubs, cutting horse, horse clinics and shows, barrel racing and pony club events.
Friday 23 February
Friday starts off with the Prime Cattle at 8am Killarney Show is lucky enough to present one the best and largest Prime Cattle exhibits on the Southern Downs including an auction at 11am.
Pavilion entries close at 9am and reopen from 2pm after Judging on Friday and they are available for viewing all day Saturday.
Killarney is such a beautiful place, the photography alone is a must see as locals pull out their best shots.
At 6pm the Killarney Show Rodeo is back with the Killarney Butchery sponsored Bulls, Barrels & Bulldogging.
Saturday 24 February – For the kids
Throughout the day there will be, our regular Entertainment Marquee with give aways and of course everyone’s old favourite Side Show Alley.
There will be a fantastic kid area outside the pavilion with lots of different activities and unusual exhibits, featuring Big Bang Science Fair and Bunnings Kids Craft.
Gates open 9 am with a programme of Stud Cattle, Woodchop, Horse Events, Showjumping, Ute Muster and an Entertainment Stage under the marquee.
The Killarney Show Society has pleasure in presenting the Saturday evening programme in the Show Ring full of family fun and entertainment.
Audiences were roaring with laughter last year at the littlies motor bike racing followed by their fathers racing on the same bikes.
There will also be hay cart races and potato sack races.
Of course, the evening would not be complete without the Fireworks sponsored by Rosehill Sandstone, followed by the Smash Up Derby, sponsored by Ryanie for Tyres.
All up Killarney is looking forward to a fabulous year in 2023 and YOU ARE INVITED!!!! Check out the full programme at www.killarneyshow.org.au
Killarney always has a very impressive Lego Display. 6 classes covering age groups from Under 16 down to under 8 years. A new section has been added being OPEN Lego (over 16 years) All sections – Own creations or created from a box with instructions.
‘Axemen, take to your blocks’
This will be heard around the Killarney Showgrounds with a strong field of over 30 chopping and sawing competitors.
Woodchopping is a heritage sport and dates back to the 1870’s. The Killarney Show & Rodeo Society is well known for their longstanding support of this heritage sport.
Once again, we will have the Hewitt and Hinz families nominating and supporting the Killarney Show Woodchop competition with Hayden Hewitt, sister Jess Hewitt along with their father Lindsay Hewitt and Grandfather Kerry Hewitt. The Hinz family will be represented by junior chopper Jordan Hinze, his Father Tim and Grandfather veteran chopper Barry Hinze.
Competitors will be competing in the Standing Block, Underhand, Tree Felling, Double Handed Cross Cut, Jack & Jill Double Handed Cross Cut, Junior chop and Vets Chop.
Woodchop will start at 9am Saturday 24 February and continue throughout the day.
Line up for Dog Jump
Don’t forget to check out the Killarney Show Dog Jump – on Saturday at the Show (24th February) Family fun – all dogs, welcome, cash and prizes. Also this year we will have the Pet Parade back supported by Killarney Vets. For more info visit – Killarney Show & Rodeo Society on Facebook
Tickets are available online at https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1165971 or at the gate: $15 Adults, $5 Under 18, $10 Senior Card Holders, Under 5 years Free, $40 Family Pass (2A + 2C).
Oh, and by the way Family Membership is $40.00 (2A and 2C) and single is $20.00.
Members of the Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc have reciprocal entry rights at the Stanthorpe, Allora and Warwick Shows.
Life membership is $300 for this feast of local shows.
I must say a huge and heart-felt thank you to the many volunteers who keep this Show on the road each year and are particularly in recent years, contributing massively to positive upgrades and positive futures.
A big thank you to all those individuals giving of their time and expertise in this wonderful era of new developments for the Killarney Show & Rodeo Society.
I would also like to say a big thank you to all of the local businesses from Killarney to Warwick and wider area who are again this year contributing to a successful annual show.
We have been very successful with obtaining grants.
Thanks to the Queensland Government, the Australian Government, the Southern Downs Regional Council and FRRR for making these grants available.
In this, our 111th year, the Killarney Show & Rodeo Society continues driving positive economic, social and cultural ripples and we look forward to taking this tradition into an exciting future.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Show.
Please show support to all our great sponsors, without their generous support we will not be able to present all the great events we hold at the showgrounds throughout the year.
The Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government Department of Local Government Show Societies Grants Program.
President Jan Hamilton said without the generous grant programs from the Australian Government, Southern Downs Regional Council and FRRR-Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal “we would have been unable to continue upgrading our grounds and facilities”.
“Thank you to the women of the Warwick Work Camp – Queensland Corrective Services for maintaining and preparing our Showgrounds and facilities, and to the Killarney Recreational Club for their support and use of facilities throughout the year,” Jan said.
“Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc thank all judges, stewards and volunteers and acknowledge the contribution they make to the staging of our Annual Show.”
Friday 23 February
Prime Cattle Judging Commences
Pavilion – Entries Close
Prime Cattle Sale
Pavilion Opens to Public
Killarney Butchery, Bulls, Barrels and Bulldogging
Saturday 24 February
Qld Showjumping Commences Main Ring;
Horse Program Commences – Main Ring, Killarney Sundown Motel & Caravan Park Hack Events
Pavilion Opens to Public;
Terrequip Woodchop Program Commences
Horse Program – Beginners – Rodeo Arena;
Entertainment Stage Commences
Killarney Hotel Ute Show and Judging
Pavilion – Trophy Presentation
Gold Coast Kelpie Stud Dog Jumping Killarney Vets Pet Parade
Gold Coast Kelpie Stud Dog Jumping
Evening Entertainment – Main ring Motor Bikes, Hay Carting Races
Rosehill Sandstone Fireworks
Smash Up Derby Calcutta followed by the Ryanie for Tyres Smash up Derby
Music till late
Full program – www.killarneyshow.org.au