President’s Message

President’s Message

I’m very honoured and proud to be the newly elected President of the Crystal Brook Show Committee in 2019. This year will be the 142nd year of the show and we have several new exhibits and attractions for the day which I’m sure will be a massive drawcard for our town and show. And of course, there will be the traditional favourites – livestock, horses, shearing, sideshows, ute competition, cooking and craft in the pavilion. It’s not a country show without these.

This year we are hoping to see a greater number of entries in the cooking and produce sections in the pavilion. There is more prize money on offer than ever before with a few special prizes, so have a go and put an entry in. We may even have some special judges on the day to award the prize winners! The grain section will follow on from its renewed success last year with more exhibits and fun things for the kids to do with the theme this year “Year of Barley”. New in 2019 is a competition open to year 6 and 7 children from local schools – design the front cover of our show book with an Agricultural Theme, with first prize a family ticket to the show. We’ve had some awesome entries so I’m sure this competition will be back again next year.

We are expanding our show events to include a Schools Agricultural Education Day on Friday 9th August, that we will host in collaboration with local high schools. Students from Mid North schools will have the opportunity to learn more about cattle led steer competitions, grain judging and sheep handling and judging. These competitions and young attendees are the future of our show, and we hope to have this day as a foundation for their agricultural education.

For the first time in many years we have received a nomination for the Rural Ambassador entry for Crystal Brook Show. The Rural Ambassador promotes and is the face of our show., and represents the show at regional and state level competitions. The role of this person is to highlight the importance of youth in rural South Australia, and their involvement in agricultural shows. We look forward to announcing the lucky entrant on show day.

Crystal Brook is a very strong community and we pride ourselves on our sense of spirit and showcasing our town. This is evident by the increase in show committee members we have this year, people that join the show with new ideas, and the existing members that bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. I thank them all for their hard work not just on show day but throughout the year at meetings, working bees and behind the scenes. Also, a big thanks to all of our sponsors that without their contribution the show wouldn’t be possible. I thank the combined sporting bodies that continue to provide fabulous food each year on show day.

I encourage everyone to come and spend the day at this year’s show and see what Crystal Brook and its community have to offer. Every dollar spent at the show goes back into our local community. We’re very proud of our show, and its 142 years of history and we look forward to its continued success for many years to come.

Ashley Redden