Dalby Show com­mit­tee urges lo­cals to roll up their sleeves and vol­un­teer -

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

IT’S been run­ning for nearly 150 years but the Dalby Show is un­der threat, ac­cord­ing to the show so­ci­ety.

The event has been at­tract­ing vis­i­tors since its in­cep­tion in 1870 and, to those who en­joy the at­trac­tions each year, the show may ap­pear to be go­ing strong.

How­ever, what the pub­lic sees is only the end re­sult of hard work, time and money, ac­cord­ing to the show so­ci­ety.

Treasurer Robert Par­sons said peo­ple es­ti­mat­ing the show’s cost were of­ten off by miles.

“I’ve had peo­ple es­ti­mate the cost to be as low as $5000,” he said. “$5000 doesn’t even cover the in­sur­ance for peo­ple to be there.”

He said what a lot of peo­ple didn’t re­alise was the show so­ci­ety rented the grounds off the coun­cil dur­ing show time.

“At show time, the show so­ci­ety be­come ten­ants of the show grounds and we hire the ground off the coun­cil at a cost,” he said.

“In re­turn for that, the coun­cil pays our elec­tric­ity bill, wa­ter bill and in­sur­ance on all the build­ings and they spon­sor some of the events as well.”

Last year, the show cost $142,000 to put on and took al­most a year of prepa­ra­tion.

“It takes the whole cy­cle of the year to be or­gan­ised and have ev­ery­thing ready but we only have one week prior to the show to set up be­cause there are other user groups that use the grounds in the lead-up, too,” Mr Par­sons said.

Show so­ci­ety com­mit­tee mem­ber Ch­eryl Par­sons said the show re­lied on vol­un­teers but that few peo­ple put up their hand to help.

“Ev­ery­one seems to be quite time poor these days,” Mrs Par­sons said.

“Vol­un­teer­ing can be for as short as a few hours, it doesn’t have to be for the en­tire year.”

Mr Par­sons said the work wasn’t hard but that it was just things needed to be done to get the show ready for busi­ness.

“All they need to do is con­tact us and talk to us,” he said.

The so­ci­ety fears for the vi­a­bil­ity of the show in the long-term as the mem­bers of the com­mit­tee aged.

“We’re all get­ting older. I un­der­stand that young peo­ple have kids at school and mort­gages so they have to work and earn and be good par­ents.”

Show so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Frank Chiver­ton said vol­un­teers were fun­da­men­tal in the run­ning of the show.

“For the show to keep run­ning, we need vol­un­teers be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the event,” he said.

Emily Ak­ers is the youngest com­mit­tee mem­ber and got in­volved af­ter she en­tered and won Dalby Show

“Just come along to one of our meet­ings,” she said. “See what goes on and see how much fun we ac­tu­ally have.”

❝show For the to keep run­ning, we need vol­un­teers be­fore dur­ing and af­ter the event. — Frank Chiver­ton

PHOTO: MICK DOYLE

CLOWNS: Ay­den Henry play­ing with the clown heads at the 147th Dalby Show.

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