Hot program for the Royal Show

Hot program for the Royal Show, by Jim Campbell - The Chronicle
(Credit: The Chronicle)

The 2008 Heritage Toowoomba Royal Show kicks off at 9 o'clock today after a frantic night of last-minute preparations.

Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland chief executive officer Damon Phillips had no doubt yesterday that everything would fall into place for a very successful People's Day today.

"A bit of rain has freshened everything up, so the grounds are looking great," Mr Phillips said.

He's doing all he can to ensure more rain won't put a damper on the weekend.

"I know we're going to have fine weather for three days," he said enthusiastically.

"But even if it does rain generally everyone forges ahead together no matter what the conditions."

This year the nightly feature events are three separate entertainment programs.

The White Fire Spectacular tonight features fire dancers, trapeze artists, human torch stuntmen and the largest fireworks show seen in Toowoomba.

Tomorrow night will be extreme with bull riding, monster trucks and motocross and the Royal Queensland Tattoo on Saturday will feature more than 450 performers.

Renowned Hollywood actor Colin Handley is bringing his experience as a stunt man and choreographer to tonight's human torch event.

"Toowoomba will witness the fiery suspense of the human torches in this one-off stunt show," Mr Handley said.

For more show action and competition results turn to pages 18 and 19.


Colin Handley