So­ci­ety re­ceives a boost for 2017 show

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jessica Bahr jessica.bahr@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JESSICA BAHR

WEL­COME BOOST: Show so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Frank Chiver­ton, Mem­ber for Con­damine Pat Weir, show so­ci­ety trea­surer Rob Par­sons and show so­ci­ety vice-pres­i­dent Gra­ham Brad­ford.

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