IWA wrestlers will be a big hit at the show.
IWA wrestlers will be a big hit at the show.

Wrestlers and roaming dinosaurs part of show entertainment

>STRAP yourselves in, this year's Callide Valley Show will be an action-packed extravaganza.

The 83rd annual show will include all the things we love about agricultural shows, from ring events, to the rodeo, livestock judging, equestrian events, pavilion exhibits, and, of course, side-show alley.

But the less traditional entertainment will have show goers on the edges of their seats next weekend.

For the first time International Wrestling Australia's pro wrestlers will bring their Showtime Tour to Biloela.

The always-popular high-octane Crash-A-Rama will return to the showgrounds, promising to rev up the crowds, plus there will be dog jumping, the ute competition and a special visit from moving, roaring dinosaurs. Callide Valley Show Society secretary Anthea Boyd said there would be something for everyone.

"I think with the agricultural shows we need to appeal to the younger people and the younger families as well," she said.

"If you're not interested in horses or cattle or that sort of stuff … and side show alley is more your sort of thing, then that's what gets people here, and when they're here they might discover the horses and the cattle and the more traditional things."

Ms Boyd said the IWA pro wrestlers would bring a another fun dimension to the show.and another "I don't think anybody's under the illusion that these wrestlers are actually wresting for real," she said.

"It's all choreographed and they're acting for the entertainment factor."

With just a week left until the show kicks off, Ms Boyd said she was expecting pavilion exhibit entries to begin flooding in, and livestock owners to get their entries in as they returned from Beef Week.

Last year about 10,000 people filtered through the showground gates, and with the fantastic program on offer this year Ms Boyd hoped they could top that number.

The Callide Valley Show runs on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the Biloela Showgrounds, 286 Callide St, Biloela.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and high school students, $6 for children under 12. Family passes cost $45.


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