Tumut Show future in doubt

Neil McGruer (right), with this year’s guest at the Tumut Show, Peter Russell-Clarke

A 145-year-old tradition is in danger of ending after the Tumut Show Society AGM was abandoned on Thursday night.

“We met there (at Tumut Golf Club) but nothing happened,” Tumut Show Society president Neil McGruer said.

“No one wanted to take any positions so we didn’t get any office bearers. It’s really not good but it is run of the mill for these things.”

Mr McGruer said there would be another meeting at the Golf Club on the second Thursday in August to try to form a committee to run the 2020 show.

“We will have to do some homework because we need to instil a bit of interest in the show,” he said.

There has been a lot of talk in the Tumut community about the danger of the show dying, and Mr McGruer says that there is a lot of truth in it.  

“Goulburn running theirs on the same day was a nail in the coffin, although we can’t just blame that,” he said. “People have other things on and other things to do.”

The heat and lack of rainfall impacted the 2019 Tumut Show, which was down on numbers, both entries and people coming through the gates.

Mr McGruer believes the show has to reinvent itself or die.

“We need a different format; we need to do things a bit differently,” he said.

“We are not going anywhere as we are. It is costing too much to run the show as it is. We need to do some homework and see what we can come up with.”

The Show Society has been trying the recruit new people to run it for many years.

“There is a lack of people willing to stand for positions,” Mr McGruer said.

“We need some new blood to come out of the woodwork.”

 – Josh Gidney