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Kilcoy Show 2017

Offline Dark Dora Posted 04-05-2017 - 10:31 AM
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Date: Saturday 29th April 2017

Venue: Kilcoy Showgrounds

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Mission: To attend the Kilcoy Show.

Rebel Attendance: Dark Dora

Guest Trooper Attendance:Redback Garrison and Galactic Academy
Arienh TD
Baytrooper TS
Beanie TS
Bolt_2112 TK
Darkfather SL
Kattak BH
MyKill TI:RP
Redpaint TR
Scotty33 TK
Teiwaz TB

Liam CTB 1276
Megan CTB 1273

Support Crew: Blue

Detail:Troop report courtesy of the Redback Garrison POC Teiwaz

The first thing to mention is the distance people had to travel to get to Kilcoy. 14 people but none of them live less than an hour away. We came from Browns Plains to the south, Toowoomba to the west and Darkfather and Arienh drove 4 hours from Bundaberg. Outstanding effort.

On arrival we set up the Wanted Poster, flags, popup banner and trading card table. It was a good wet weather option but the foot traffic in the small horticultural pavillion was small, and we left the prop as a static display. We periodically checked on it during the day and found kids were collecting our cards and brochures, and getting photos in the prop.

We did a coffee recce, one of my favourite parts of the day. We find where has the best coffee and we walk around the grounds looking for hazards and photo opportunities. We also speak to vendors explaining who we are and to have the camera ready when we come back in costume.

We did a few roving patrols in the morning split into two groups. The response from the country folk was generally hesistant at first, but with a friendly "good morning" and a handshake the ice was easily broken.

At lunchtime I was interviewed by the MC. I was able to explain we are a volunteer costuming club raising money for charities at community events like this one.

We had a break at lunch and formed up for the parade. 13 of us in costume, with our big flags. We had a small request for the parade, don't put us behind the cows! Well through a bit of right time at the right place, we ended up leading the parade. So a long parade all followed the 501st flag with Darth Vader leading the way. It was quite a sight, certainly a first for Kilcoy.

After the parade and a break, Vader did the royal tour of the grounds. Of course everyone loves the boss, and he quickly drew the attention. The photos and donations flowed.

While we were supporting the boss, a certain Jawa was borrowed to assist with the junior muster challenge. Egg and spoon race, rolling a tire, and jumping over hay bales. We didn't get any photos of those antics, but it went down a treat with the kids. The Jawa will be picking hay out of her gown for a while I think.

We packed up and headed for a post troop parmy before we headed home.

A special mention for Redpaint and Kattak. We love seeing families come out and trooping as a unit. The GA kids have a ball at these troops. They make a great contribution to the troop and its great to see families generate memories like this together.

Again a huge thank you to all of you for the long drives. The feedback from show committee was very positive. It was clear we were a huge hit and we're very likely to be asked back next year.

Charity Funds Raised: $703 for the Cancer Council via the Razorback Squad Relay for Life Team
Includes $500 from the Kilcoy Show Society

Injuries: Nil

Malfunctions: Nil

Public Incidents: Nil

Mission Status: Complete Success

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Online Cyclops Posted 04-05-2017 - 03:27 PM
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Tremendous job by all who trooped .
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