The wonder of attending her very first Beaudesert Show radiated from Mia Lindenberg’s face as she waved her bubble wand across Beaudesert Showgrounds.
Crowned with a plastic rainbow tiara and with a face full of sparkles Mia was, like many children, enchanted with the toys and treats, colours, movement and all-round good cheer of the event.
Mia, 3, was the fourth generation of her family to attend the Beaudesert Show, carrying on a tradition dating back to her great grandmother, the late Margaret Payne.
Mia was there with her mum Tiffany and little brother Caleb, her Nonni Dairneen Burgess and her cousin Caidence Burgess.
Mrs Burgess, 54, has been attending Beaudesert Show for half a century, since she was about Mia’s age, and spoke with fondness about her memories over the years.
“This is our first year at the Beaudesert Show without my mum Margaret Payne, who passed away in 2019. At one point, there were four generations of us at the show,” she said.
“Mum was a nurse at the hospital and used to do the Beaudesert Hospital women’s auxiliary when I was a kid, so I’ve got childhood memories of coming here with her to sell raffle tickets with her.
“Then when I had my own kids, I’d bring them here on Friday to the animal nursery, Friday night I’d be back here with my husband Tony, Saturday we’d come down again for the dogs and the dodgems, then we’d go home, sit on the verandah and watch the fireworks from there if kids were too tired to come back again.
“I’ve been coming since I was a kid, my husband and his friends have been coming since they were kids and it’s good to see it come back again.”