OPINION: Just one show tragic spreading the word
THERE is no denying - I am a show tragic. I love the smells, the sounds, the tastes and the entire atmosphere.
There is something special about communities coming together to showcase what makes them great and the Stanthorpe show is no exception.
Some of my earliest memories involve attending the Stanthorpe Show and enjoying everything that goes with it. I think I have only ever missed one show and that was because I was out of the country (and in my books, that only just passes as an excuse).
Obviously, my reasons for loving the show have changed over the years (except for my ridiculous, uncontrollable love of Shannon's chips - that has stayed with me my entire life).
During my school years it was all about the rides and social aspect; when my children were little it was all about the animals and fireworks and, as the kids got older, it was about making sure they had their artwork, cooking and floral arrangements ready in time.
These days I spend all three days covering every aspect of what makes our show, the first show in Queensland, just so special.
It may be an over-used phrase but there really is something for everyone.
Let's be honest, if there is one thing the community of Stanthorpe does extremely well (you could almost call us over-achievers in this arena), it is to throw a spectacular event and the show is no exception.
The entire community comes together and not only sets the benchmark for every show that comes after us but, more importantly, shows what the Stanthorpe community can do - together - with no help from anyone other than ourselves - our businesses, our agricultural sector, our horticultural sector, our schools, our food outlets, our wineries.
We all enter events, donate time, give sponsorship and attend.
Each year, before the gates even open, I am in awe at the sheer numbers of people who help to get this event ready in time.
If our show proves anything, it is year after year we continue to punch way above our weight and, as a community, we always pull off the impossible.
I guess that is just what community is all about.
So, tomorrow I encourage you all to make your way to our local show.
While the temptation may be there to sneak off for a long weekend, think twice and support this weekend and, more importantly, support our rural sector.
They really have been doing it tough of late and, to see them still bring in their produce and their livestock and put on a display of the best this region has to offer, speaks volumes to their character and fortitude.