The Adelong Show has been given a second life, and organisers are going to make sure it makes the most of it when it is held on Sunday, March 10.
It looked like the Show, an iconic event for the Adelong community for 104 years, might not go ahead in 2019, but the matter was put to a vote at special general meeting of the Adelong Show Society in December and it was voted to go ahead with it.
Secretary Leanne Kench and treasurer Jenny Perkins are delighted it’s back on and are determined to make it bigger and better each year.
“When times are tough, we need to get people excited about what they’ve got,” Leanne said.
They are both delighted with the support from the Adelong community since then.
“The response has been fantastic,” Leanne said.
Something as big as the Adelong Show isn’t organised overnight.
“We’ve hit the ground running since it was decided it would go ahead,” Leanne said.
“It’s been non-stop, a very interesting journey. There is a lot to do in a short time.”
The organisers are holding meetings every two weeks.
“We held a very successful meeting on Thursday,” Leanne said.
“The meetings have been positive; they have gone for about two hours.”
With the response of the community, it has been easily worth it.
“The support of the community, in a time of drought, has been fantastic,” Jenny said.
“There has been no shortage of sponsorship and donations.”
The ladies are expecting people to become more involved as the Show looms closer.
“A lot of people have been involved for years, and when it comes to show week, they do what has to be done.”
Repairs to the pavilion walls, which have water damage, are soon to be carried out, and the stage will be levelled out to make it more user friendly.
New events and attractions will be added this year.
“We’ve added honey, and under 18s category to the needlecraft and knitting, a kid’s zone, a mechanical bull for mums and dads and brave teenagers, plus all the horse, cattle and poultry events, dog show, sideshow alley, bushmen’s relay, musical entertainment, the Light Horse, and morning tea and lunches,” Leanne said.
“This year’s pavilion theme is libraries,” Leanne said.
The show action actually kicks off on Saturday with the running of the horse events, Stockman’s Challenge and gymkhana.
“We have started online registrations, and we will be going full on with this next year,” Leanne said.
“We still have the facility for those who are not computer savvy.”
Fortunately, there has been enough rain to have the surface of the Showground looking superb, much to the relief of organisers.
“Two weeks ago it looked shocking; it was all brown,” Leanne said.