Observer/Zinc headlines June 22
THERE is nothing quite a like a great country show.
They are as much a part of the Australian psyche - especially in regional parts - as the meat pie and thong throwing!
And country shows don't come much better than Mount Larcom.
This single event is community in a nutshell.
From jam tasting, to the animal petting, to wine, to the traditional and most fabulous fireworks - this is something to behold.
While it is a world of fun and a tremendous boost to the Mount Larcom economy and profile, at its heart is community.
Its success is a testament to the army of volunteers who work hard to make it happen.
And it has carved a place on our community's calendar as the single most popular show in our region.
And in this world of social media, communication immediacy and high-speed networking, that's something too often seen as a bad thing. But no. This is a throw-back to the good old days in the truest sense.
And thank goodness.
Shows like this nourish and enrich our region's social fabric with all the good things.
It brings us together, gives us a sense of belonging and reinforces that fact that whether we have been here five generations or five days, we all play a part in the Gladstone region we call home.
For those who proudly call themselves "Old Gladstone" the Mount Larcom Show is a reminder of how good this region is.
For the newbies, it's akin to rolling out the welcome mat, putting on the kettle and having a good old yarn.
Whatever the show is to you, make sure you support it and enjoy it.
That's the best way to let those tireless volunteers know how much you appreciate their hard work and how much you value an event which is a mainstay of our social calendar.