Community spirit shines at the Gold Coast Show

JAIME-LEE WOODS

This year’s Gold Coast Show weekend saw residents from all corners of the coast come together to celebrate the local community.

Gold Coast musicians, artists, dancers and businesses were showcased at the Bundall event which occurred over the first three days of September.

Entertainment manager for the show, Monique Wiffin said that this year was one to remember.

“For 2017 we decided to do something different and team up with Night Quarter to unearth some local talent we have here on the Coast,” Ms Wiffin said.

“We had many successful performers that were all very different and unique, ranging from acoustic artists to a 7-year-old boy who does Michael Jackson impersonations”.

With over 65,000 visitors each year, the not for profit event requires the help of hundreds of local volunteers.

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Crowds at the food market Photo: Jaime-Lee Woods

The Gold Coast Show Society’s Business Development Manager, Andre Saint-Flour finds his volunteer work rewarding.

“I enjoy putting back into the community and being able to help out by making the show a great marketing event for the Gold Coast,” Mr Saint- Flour said.

With nearby show Mudgeeraba Mania offering free entry into their event, many residents were upset about having to pay an admission fee.

Mermaid Waters resident, Cole Cusack said he chose to go to the Gold Coast Show to see the arts, craft competition entries.

“It’s worth paying the money to see all the amazing artworks, especially the ones my old school enters,” Mr Cusack said.

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Artworks on display at the Gold Coast Show Photo: Jaime-Lee Woods

In a statement on the show’s Facebook page, CEO of the Show Society, Lavinia Rampino said that the show takes pride in being the heart of the Gold Coast Community.

“It’s all about enjoying what’s best about the Gold Coast,” said Ms Rampino.

“When our visitors are nestled in next to family and friends each night, with eyes raised toward the incredible Gold Coast skyline and the stars beyond, with a Dagwood dog in hand, and the cacophony of screams from the rides in the background – this is what it’s all about…creating memories that really do last a lifetime.”

 

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Crowds getting their show bags- a show tradition Photo: Jaime-Lee Woods

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