Show must go on | Ag Society warning over future of event

Volunteers at the Margaret River Agricultural Society say working with the group is a great way to learn new skills and get involved with the local community.
Volunteers at the Margaret River Agricultural Society say working with the group is a great way to learn new skills and get involved with the local community.

With falling volunteer numbers threatening the future of the Margaret River Agricultural Show, organisers are calling for more volunteers to get involved to save the 2020 event.

The call comes after a recent meeting failed to attract enough new volunteers to form an organising committee, placing the 91 year old event at risk of being cancelled.

Outgoing President, Ray Arthur said he is unable to continue his involvement this year, but will be devastated if Margaret River loses its annual Show.

A recent meeting failed to attract enough new volunteers to form an organising committee, placing the 91 year old event at risk of being cancelled.

A recent meeting failed to attract enough new volunteers to form an organising committee, placing the 91 year old event at risk of being cancelled.

"If we cancel the 2020 show, it is unlikely we'll be able to attract Sideshow alley and the Carnival Rides back again, which would be very sad for the many children that see the show as an exciting highlight of their year"

Mr Arthur said that country shows are an integral part of our culture, with a "we all have vivid memories about childhood visits to the local show".

"Country Ag Shows bring the community together and boost the economy by attracting visitors to the town" Mr Arthur said.

A recent meeting failed to attract enough new volunteers to form an organising committee, placing the 91 year old event at risk of being cancelled.

A recent meeting failed to attract enough new volunteers to form an organising committee, placing the 91 year old event at risk of being cancelled.

In recent years a refreshed entertainment format and free entry for children has boosted participation numbers. Yet despite a revival of interest in sustainable living, crafts and home-made produce, there are currently not enough volunteers to run the show this year.

Volunteer Ian Smith said that volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and get involved with the local community.

"if the community wants the hugely popular event to continue, it is vital that more people get involved.

"I encourage anyone who would like to keep the show alive to come along and find out how you can contribute," Mr Smith said.

"This event is completely run by passionate volunteers, so there are opportunities for people of all ages to get involved."

If you'd like to keep the tradition alive for our children, or maybe pick up some tips on how to make the perfect sponge cake, get involved by coming along to the AGM that will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 10 March at the Margaret River Football Club at Gloucester Park.

To register your interest or find out more contact Kylie Kennaugh 041 990 6158 or see the Facebook page www.facebook.com/MargaretRiverAgShow/