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

Committee fears for future of Dalby Show

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.”


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