Society receives a boost for 2017 show
AS THE 2017 Dalby Show draws closer, the show society is getting down to business and preparations have well and truly begun.
This week, the society received a $35,000 grant from the Gambling Fund.
Show society treasurer Rob Parsons said the money would be put toward a concrete floor for the new shed at the Showgrounds.
“It’s $35,000 going toward $45,000 needed to do this concreting job, which is going to be done anyway, so it means we don’t have to spend out of our show budget,” Mr Parsons said.
“At the show last year, a lot of exhibitors weren’t really happy because they just had an old dirt floor, and a lot of show patrons were trying to push prams around and tripping on stones and things,” he said.
“It’ll just make everything look so much better.”
Society president Frank Chiverton added: “It was dusty on the photographs and school displays too.
“The concrete floor will make it so much easier to display everything, and all the stands will be level,” Mr Chiverton said.
“It’ll look appealing when you walk in,” he said.
The cheque was presented to society members by Member for Condamine Pat Weir.
“It’s a government grant, and they put in an application and they were successful with that,” Mr Weir said.
“When you look at this shed here and think what was here, with that new concrete it can change the face of the show,” he said.
In addition to the new concrete floor, the committee members are also busy putting together a new grandstand.
The 2017 Dalby Show will be held on April 21-22, with the annual Show Ball to be held on February 24.
WELCOME BOOST: Show society president Frank Chiverton, Member for Condamine Pat Weir, show society treasurer Rob Parsons and show society vice-president Graham Bradford.