Rochy show may have to cut back

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

ROCHESTER’S 2018 Great North­ern Show might be with­out all the trim­mings.

Or­gan­is­ers are strug­gling to pull to­gether the vol­un­teers needed to keep the his­toric event run­ning as it has for the past 131 years.

And they are look­ing to strip it back to just an agri­cul­tural show un­less more peo­ple come on board.

‘‘At this stage we have to drop all the en­ter­tain­ment and side ac­tiv­i­ties sim­ply be­cause of a lack of man­power,’’ or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Scott Somerville said.

‘‘This is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause it is still one of the best shows in the state.

‘‘And it has a long, rich tra­di­tion and fi­nan­cially the show is in a great po­si­tion.’’

Scott said this is the path they are head­ing de­spite record num­bers of en­tries in this year’s show.

‘‘We had the best horse num­bers and our cat­tle num­bers are still one of the best in the state,’’ he said.

‘‘The dogs are also go­ing good, but we just can’t do all the ex­tra bits with­out more help.

‘‘I urge all the com­mu­nity to have a think about putting their hand up to help out in some way.

‘‘It is a re­ally ac­cept­ing com­mit­tee and we are def­i­nitely look­ing for the next gen­er­a­tion to start be­ing in­volved.’’

The show usu­ally boasts a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing car­ni­val rides, seg­way bikes, an an­i­mal farm, dunk­ing ma­chine, Miss Teenager and Mr Teenager com­pe­ti­tions, the home­crafts pavil­ion and an adults’ bar.

These ac­tiv­i­ties and the tra­di­tional fire­works dis­play are all up in the air now, with the fo­cus be­ing turned to the agri­cul­tural events.

‘‘It will be dis­ap­point­ing if we can’t bring the show to­gether like we nor­mally do,’’ Scott said.

If you or some­one you know would like to help out con­tact Scott on 0408 846 221.

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