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Volunteers the backbone of country shows

07:46 PM 14 Mar 2018 NZDT
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Country shows are the lifeblood of many regional towns. And volunteers are their backbone.
Country shows are the lifeblood of many regional towns. And volunteers are their backbone.

The newly-formed Tamworth Show Society has thrown down the gauntlet to re-invent itself as the biggest show north of Newcastle.Now before you cast any doubt, the wheels are already in motion to achieve it. In December 2016, Tamworth Showground was sold to Harness Racing NSW for $4.6 million in December 2016. 

The monumental move marked the end of a 146-year chapter at the site, and heralded a dramatic shake-up organisers hope will reinvigorate interest in country shows.

The sale meant a new venue, a new date and a new committee.

The 2018 Tamworth Show, which will be hosted in September instead of its traditional March date, will be held at the Australian Equine and Livestock Centre for the first time.

The historic move means more space and more opportunities to showcase the many and varied agricultural highlights of our region. 

But it’s going to take a group effort to get there. There’s plenty of work to do – and everyone can play a part.

Organisers are now calling for members and volunteers to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help stage the historic show later this year.

Country shows are the lifeblood of many regional towns. And volunteers are their backbone. 

Without them, they just don’t happen. 

We only need to look at other country towns like Uralla and Griffith whose shows have been put on hiatus in recent years because there weren’t enough volunteers. 

Many of us would be the first to whinge and whine if a show didn’t go ahead, so it’s only fair that everyone plays a part in making it happen. 

The 2018 Tamworth Show is a significant event. It has all the trimmings of a country show we’ve come to love over the years, but it’s also the start of an exciting new chapter at its new home at AELEC.

With plans to make it one of the biggest shows north of Newcastle, we should all be encouraged to play a part. Volunteers are needed to assist in the running of many of the show’s events, including stewards in the agricultural sector.

Those interested in volunteering or becoming a society member should email  admin@tamworthshow.com.au or phone 0447 601 049

Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

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