South East Queensland Expo a hit with visitors

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FISHERMAN: Hunter McNeill, 6, was the very happy recipient of a fishing rod after taking part in the demonstration at the Shimano exhibit on Saturday morning. Photo: Georgina Bayly

FISHERMAN: Hunter McNeill, 6, was the very happy recipient of a fishing rod after taking part in the demonstration at the Shimano exhibit on Saturday morning. Photo: Georgina Bayly

More than 6000 people headed to Jimboomba across the weekend to check out the best of rural, adventure and camping at the South East Queensland Expo.

Stormy conditions played a part in lower than expected attendance figures, but organiser John Weir said Jimboomba Rotary was pleased with the number of patrons.

“We were pretty fortunate to have that many people join us for the expo,” Mr Weir said. “The rain made a few people stay away, but that didn’t stop the show.

“Despite the weather, we have had so much positive feedback from the visitors and from the exhibitors who want to become involved again next year.

“We saw a lot of children come through as well, which says to us it was great for all age groups.”

The entertainment on offer included camp oven cooking, fishing and reptiles shows, as well as four-wheel-drive demonstrations.

Residents of Jimboomba and surrounding areas were kept busy, looking through more than 100 exhibits at what was formerly the Jimboomba Field Days.

Local fisherman Hunter McNeill, 6, was excited to take part in the fishing exhibition in which he showed off lures and rods, as well as safety equipment.

For his excellent showmanship, Hunter took home a fishing rod, which he said he would take on his family’s next trip to Bribie Island.

Fishing guru Dave Moss said the expo was a huge hit for the community.

“We have just had so many people come along and enjoy our show,” he said.

Proceeds from the expo will go toward the Jimboomba Hall restoration project, LifeFlight and the Heart of Australia. Mr Weir said it was important for such an exhibition to support a variety of organisations which were used by locals and the wider community.