Happy show-goers reflect Whyalla's resurgence

Jubilee Park was filled with loud music, squeals of delight and laughter while hosting the Whyalla Show at the weekend.

Donuts, hot-dogs and sticky treats kept the children amused as did the welter of sideshow rides and stalls.

The confidence of show-goers reflected the mini-boom in the city as the steelworks and renewable-energy projects come to the fore.

Hundreds of people turned up for both days of the event, with Saturday attracting a massive crowd that hung around until 10pm.

Whyalla Show Society President Tamy Pond said the new comedy hour - featuring a stand-up performance by 'the Beautiful Bogan' Marc Ryan - was a 'huge hit'.

"Being the very first time we've done anything like that we weren't sure if it was going to work out or not," she said.

"We do know now that the crowd will stay after the fireworks, so we're looking into an even bigger act for next year in aboriginal comedian Dane Simpson.

"We also had amazing feedback about our traders and the diversity of what was available to buy over the weekend."

Competitions were once again very popular, with all areas being very well attended, including over 60 horses competing.

"We're definitely looking to increase those numbers," Ms Pond said.

Ms Pond said the show boasted an impressive variety of food this year, but would include sausages and steak sandwiches next year.

"Everyone did go above and beyond and brought something a bit different. We definitely need that variety with the plain old barbecue as well," she said.

The fireworks proved to be spectacular once again, with Ms Pond saying feedback about the display was very positive.

"The fireworks were amazing, people tell us every year that it was better than the year before. Our firework technicians are definitely ramping it up," she said.

Demonstrations included artists, cake-decorating and jewellery-making, with plans for next year's show to feature old-school demos like wood-chopping and sheep-shearing.

Entertainment included a host of local talent as well as stilt-walkers and Circus Elements, which provided bang-for-your-buck workshops, shows and roving entertainment.

"James the Traveling Musician was very funny, he did a bit of roving as well as his scheduled performances.The drumming monkeys were definitely a hit as well," Ms Pond said.

Ms Pond thanked all the community organisations that pitched in to help make the show happen, which included Snap Fitness and the Spencer Gulf Dog Obedience Club.

"It takes a village to put on a community event like this, we can't do this on our own. We're building relationships with a lot of community groups," she said.

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