Big crowds for show expected
From the President's desk
TANYA Belousoff has been involved with the Callide Valley Show Society for more years than she would like to reveal.
"It's been a long time, over 30 years,” Tanya said.
With plenty of experience and wisdom under her belt, Tanya says the show has evolved over her time.
"The demographics of the community have changed. When I was first here it was very agricultural-based but now the whole area has diversified with new resources,” Tanya said.
This year the show will be running wristbands instead of paper tickets for entry.
"So we have to adapt to that diversification,” Tanya said. "We try not to be stale, and add new things.”
The Callide Valley Show is running in its 82nd year for 2017 and things are looking good.
"It is the longest-running event in the whole Callide Valley area,” Tanya said.
"Preparations have went well, all of our competitive sections have been really well supported.
"We're getting really good volunteer support but we're still always open for more.”
Tanya says the show is based on community group support.
"We encourage all community groups around the area to come in and set up stands, be involved so the money stays within the community,” Tanya said.
"It's not just one group but all of them, and it keeps the momentum going.”
To cater for the newer and younger crowds, the show society have been busily organising and preparing.
"We will have some different entertainment, this year we have a lot of focus on the younger families and lot of children's entertainment,” Tanya said.
The recent rain has also lifted a heavy load off the show society's shoulders.
"The rain that has come has made it so much easier because we don't have to use town water to water the grounds,” Tanya said.
"That is always good; to have well-presented grounds.”
Tanya and the show society is expecting a big turnout of crowds this year.
"I think so; we did a lot of digital advertising on Channel 7 and we have put a lot of emphasis on the event and it's helping,” Tanya said.
"People can't say they didn't know the Show was on.”
Tanya will be all smiles today as the show comes alive for the two days.
"I am looking forward to it, it is a real pleasure when we get support form the community coming to the show,” Tanya said.
"Seeing the younger ones enjoy the show and the older people come out and meet up with their friends.
"Especially when we have times like drought in the area, people are able to come out and talk with others.”