FOSTER will have its show next February.
“The show will go on,” said the treasurer of the show society, Amanda Afflitto, shrugging off the lack of a show secretary – or an assistant secretary. “The show must go on. Overwhelmingly people want it. This was clear from the survey we carried out in March.”
With herself as Treasurer, husband Noel as President and lots of willing committee members, Amanda believes the various duties traditionally handled by a show secretary can be divvied up between volunteers. Some of this has been done already.
“However, if there is someone out there who would like to take up the role of secretary we are still keen to hear from them. We would also like to hear from people who can share some of the work, particularly in the days leading up to the show and the clean-up afterwards.”
Amanda’s confidence contrasts with the view of the former president, David Vuillermin, who stated at the annual general meeting of Foster and District Agricultural Society in July that if a secretary could not be found by September 1 the show would not go on, “because after that time we have to start laying out quite a bit of money for the 2011 show”.
The104th annual Foster and District Show is set to take place on Saturday February 26, 2011.
The Police Band has already been booked and is expected to attract a big crowd. Other attractions will gradually slot into place in the months leading up to the show.
“As well as volunteers to help prepare for the show, we’d also love to hear from anyone who has any ideas for show exhibits, especially if they have any special contacts which could be helpful in getting show attractions here,” said Amanda.
The Royal Melbourne Show, due to be held later this month (September 18-28), traditionally presents a prime opportunity to pick up ideas for the local show – and to promote the Foster Show, too.
“Noel and I will be representing the Foster Show on the VAS (Victorian Agricultural Shows) stand on September 22,” said Amanda. “We did it last year and found there was lots of interest in good old-fashioned country shows like Foster’s. Having a presence there is a great opportunity to spread the word.”
Amanda, Noel and the show society warmly invite anyone who is interested to attend the next meeting of the Foster and District Agricultural Society. This is due to take place next Tuesday, September 14, at the Exchange Hotel. All most welcome. Bring enthusiasm, ideas and a willingness to donate some volunteer hours to the community. Ideally, bring a show secretary!