Noel Reddacliff gear up for the annual Gladstone Show which is expected to attract thousands to the Gladstone Showgrounds on Wednesday.
Noel Reddacliff gear up for the annual Gladstone Show which is expected to attract thousands to the Gladstone Showgrounds on Wednesday. Brenda Strong

Duo have organised show for decade

WHEN it comes time for the 118th Annual Gladstone Show to roll into town on Wednesday, you can be guaranteed Noel and Robyn Reddacliff won't be far away.

As honorary committee members of the Gladstone Show Society, the dynamic duo has been responsible for organising the event for more than 10 years.

After such a lengthy stint at planning the annual spectacular there is not much Noel, show society president, and Robyn, honorary secretary/manager, don't know when it comes to the big day.

In fact, both admit it has become second nature.

Living in Gladstone for about the past 33 years, Noel and Robyn have spent about 20 of these years serving on the Gladstone Show Society committee.

“We just wanted to help the community, particularly the children – that's how it all started,” Robyn said.

“I used to help the kids with their pavilion entries.

“There's nothing better than seeing their faces when they see they have won a prize.

“They are tickled pink.”

Traditionally held over the June long weekend, it was about five years ago that the show was moved to a mid-week in August and became a one-day event.

It was a move aimed at ensuring the future of the show, considering it clashed with a number of other local events and it was on a long weekend.

“Now we get the showies on their way back down the coast,” Robyn said.

“Which isn't that bad in some respects,” adds Noel.

“It has been working quite well since we made it a one-day show.

“Our show is a lot different to others because we don't have the cattle.

“I enjoy the challenges even if the body gets a bit tired sometimes.”

Noel and Robyn said organising the show over the years had brought about its ups and downs, however, one thing that remained strong was the support of the Gladstone community.



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