FOR the 111th time on the fourth Saturday in February, Foster Showgrounds on February 24, 2018 will have roosters crowing, the aroma of fresh-baked cakes, horses jumping against the clock, cows chewing cud,bands blaring music and wide-eyed children excitedly whooping. Competitors, spectators and stallholders will have arrived from all over for Foster and District Agricultural Show.
But will this continue? The Show desperately needs a Treasurer and cannot function without one. Finances are vital to the show’s organisation and operation. There is an urgent need for someone to volunteer asap to be this year’s Treasurer. As Chief Exhibit Shed steward Bev Tyers posted on the Show’s Facebook page in relation to the appeal for a Treasurer, “Is anybody out there?”
“We would be delighted to speak to anyone who would like to join the committee. You would be welcomed with open arms”.
The immediate-past Treasurer, Amanda Affilito, changed work commitments some time ago and warned that she wouldn’t be available for the 2018 show. However she will be able to give support and guidance to the person who steps up for the role. “It’s not a difficult job but you need to be able to do online financial transactions and it gets quite busy in the time just before and after the show,” Amanda said. If you can help or would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact Show President Noel Afflito by emailing [email protected]
The Show Committee had made an early decision to move the show date a week earlier in 2018 to avoid the annual clash with the horse classes at Berwick Show on the basis this would benefit both spectators and equine event participation. With Leongatha Show having ceased some years ago, the date was potentially available. However after it was realised that this would result in the show being held on the same day as the new but popular Meeniyan Garlic Festival, the Committee voted to return to holding the show on the fourth Saturday of February as usual.
The factors to be taken into account in organising the show make quite a balancing act, and the Show Committee volunteers are doing their best to keep the show appealing, financially viable and responsive.
Show schedules are now in production and will be available from the usual outlets by the end of November.
So please – preserve the date, enter some classes, come along on February 24 and meanwhile – like us on Facebook!