The Cloncurry Show is one of the great agricultural shows of Queensland.
The Cloncurry Show is one of the great agricultural shows of Queensland.

I’m writing this editorial on the Thursday ahead of a big few days of travel. 

This afternoon (Thursday) I head down to Cloncurry to greet the arrival of the steam train to celebrate the C150 Cloncurry 150th years anniversary.

The train departed Townsville on Monday June stopping at Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek before reaching Cloncurry on Thursday afternoon and as Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor Greg Campbell said it was a great way of celebrating transport and the importance this plays in Cloncurry’s history and present day.

At each of the stops a representative from each Council (Charters Towers, Flinders, Richmond and McKinlay) will send an item of significance that represents their shire which will be displayed as part of Cloncurry’s 150 year celebrations.

Though the train won’t make it as far as Mount Isa, that council took will also be sending an item for the celebrations.

The train was timed arrive in Cloncurry on Thursday a day ahead of the Cloncurry and District Show with a welcoming party at the railway station and a barbecue, music and an opportunity to explore the train.

Then on Thursday night I will attend the Cattleman’s Dinner, always one of the great highlights on the Cloncurry social calendar and the occasion where the Cloncurry Show Girl winner is announced.

I’m also looking forward to hearing guest speaker Tim Horan on the night, even if I can’t ever forgive him for being part of the Wallabies team that beat Ireland in the world cup quarter final at Landsdowne Road in 1991 when I thought Ireland had won.

But enough of my sporting bitterness, it should be a great night.

That leads into the show on Friday and another day to relish at one of Queensland’s great agricultural shows.

On Saturday Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove officially opens the main pavilion at 11am.

Unfortunately by then I’ll have moved on to Hughenden for the Porcupine Gorge challenge on Saturday where I’ll be running 8km up a hill which will be scenic fun in a kind of masochistic way.

Wish me luck!

Derek Barry