It’s almost show season!
THE show season is fast approaching and with the region's show societies sharing in $80,000 in grants next year's shows are guaranteed to be better than ever.
The money was allocated through a local government grants program.
The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society received the highest grant of $16,019 followed by the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society with $15,680.
Allora picked up $8460 and Killarney $5086.
Goondiwindi, Inglewood and Texas show societies also picked up decent amounts.
Local Member Lawrence Springborg said the shows in the Southern Downs area gave communities an annual opportunity to come together and promote what's great about the area.
"The show lets us highlight what we can do, as well as provide entertainment for all of the family," he said.
"In a year when many of the state's communities have been through so much, it's especially important to have an event that everyone can look forward to.
"I try to get to as many local shows as I can; it allows me to catch up with great people."
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the money was part of the Newman Government's push to empower local communities and strengthen regional Queensland.
The Warwick Show, held in late March, is only a few months away and the show society is looking for people who are keen to help out.
There are a range of roles from stewards, to manning display stalls in the pavilion, helping out with the night time entertainment program and assisting with the ring events.
The first committee meeting of the season is on tonight starting at 6pm at the show office. For more information phone the secretarial office on 4661 9060.