Stanthorpe Agricultural Society president Brett Boatfield and his organisation are cheering after they secured funding.
Stanthorpe Agricultural Society president Brett Boatfield and his organisation are cheering after they secured funding. Matthew Purcell

Funding boost will keep the show rolling

THE Stanthorpe Agricultural Society is a little richer after it was successful in obtaining government funding for its local show.

The funding spend will continue for a few years yet, with the State Government increasing its allocations for the next three years.

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the money was vital to help Queensland's 129 local shows go on.

"When I was growing up, going to the show was one of the highlights of the year, and even now when I hear the screams from the rides and catch the familiar scents of dagwood dogs, fairy floss and livestock in the air, it's still a thrill,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

"The local show is more than just a magical occasion creating wonderful memories, it's a truly important social and economic event on the calendar for towns, cities and regions right across the state.

"For many, especially in remote areas, the show is the one time of the year they get the chance to compete, compare and simply catch up with the rest of the community.

"The show also gives the local economy a real shot in the arm,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

The Stanthorpe Agricultural Society will receive almost $17,000 through the initiative.

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