Dalby show society makes positive change in lieu of 150th show
THIS year was meant to be a milestone year for the Dalby Show Society as they geared for the 150th Show celebration in April.
But, like many of the region’s top events, the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on the show for this year.
That didn’t rain on the show committee’s plans to still provide something positive to the community.
With nearly $14,000 from the State Government and $4000 from CS Energy, the show committee were able to place a concrete flooring down on the Parsons’ Pavilion.
The pavilion’s namesake and show society treasurer Rob Parsons said it was a well-received addition, after the sadness felt from not having their annual show.
The funding given to the show society by two organisations was repurposed towards the upgrades, according to Mr Parsons.
“It was supposed to be to put on the show but because of the COVID virus, we couldn’t have the show,” he said.
“The government gave us an opportunity to improve infrastructure.
“We had this new Parson Pavilion that was built last year with a gravel floor and it wasn’t really serviceable.
“We decided what a better opportunity than now, to concrete this floor, which we did.”
The second organisation also gave the society a chance to make some positive changes.
“CS Energy had given us $4000 for the show to go towards entertainment,” Mr Parsons
“They gave us the same opportunity and said put it towards infrastructure so I put the two of them together and this is what we got – a beautiful concrete floor.”
Keys Brothers Builders were contracted to complete the work on the pavilion, which was originally constructed by Condamine Sheds.
Mr Parsons said the addition was a positive step in the right direction as they begin to prepare for the next big event.
“It’ll improve next year’s show,” he said.
“You certainly miss the show, but life has got to go on, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.
“As a committee, we’re working our hardest to make next year’s show a better one to try and build it up again.”