Shows shine light on region
IF THERE is one thing that brings rural communities together, it would have to be their annual agricultural shows.
The disastrous flooding to hit our region earlier in the year has certainly tested everyone’s mental and physical strength, and getting ready for show time could easily be the last thing on many people’s minds.
Yes, some exhibitswere down in attendance on previous years, but for the most part, each town has seen its show as an occasion to smile and put the worries to one side.
A town’s show has traditionally been the platform for the surrounding district to showcase what it does best, and this is usually a wide variety of things.
There are the traditional favourites such as prime cattle and equestrian events like campdrafting, but you can also exhibit cookery and photography.
Having attended both the Monto and Mundubbera shows this year, I have to say the thought of “celebrate what our region does best” has been a positive and unifying force.
Yes, everyone has suffered to some degree, but show time has been a shining light.
George Smith, Monto journalist