Show family adores our growing city
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JUDY Evans' nephew loves Gladstone so much he named his daughter Marina.
And the show family, who have come to the Gladstone Show for the past 40 years, wouldn't have it any other way.
'We're loyal show supporters, we haven't missed a year in 40 years,' Mrs Evans said.
'We love the little shows as well as the big ones.'
But a recent outcry against showpeople taking up room in the streets, has left show families like the Evans wanting to set the record straight.
'In the 40 years we've been coming here we've seen Gladstone grow and families move further out, and our show families have also grown in that time, so now there's not enough room for all of us inside the showgrounds and we have some of our trailers and things on the streets outside,' she said.
"But this isn't something unique to Gladstone ? everywhere we go, even for the big shows like Rockhampton, we have to take up room for the cattle, the horses, the amusements and everything.
'I'm sorry if people think we're an eyesore, but we think the Gladstone Show is an important part of the community and that's why we keep coming back.'
She said at every show, council and environmental officers inspected the sites to ensure everything met workplace health and safety standards.
'We're inspected every week and a lot of us also do first aid courses and training to keep up to date ? we do the best we can,' Mrs Evans said.