The wait is almost over, with the 131st Boorowa Show just around the corner. Show time is always an exciting time for local residents and visitors with a wealth of activities, competitions, displays, rides and more on offer for all those who attend. Boorowa Show Committee Secretary, Narelle Nixon, said that local shows were very much entwined into the history of a town and region. "Local shows bring people together, particularly important in tough times," she said. "They showcase produce and livestock of the region that locals are very proud of, and those connections are critical in educating people about the region, and the source of agricultural products".
The ongoing drought has affected many farmers, lives and communities across the region, including the cancellation of up to 15 rural shows, however the Boorowa committee has been busy forging ahead in their annual quest. Narelle said that being able to push on and be able to hold the show was fortunate where some other shows just haven't had this option. "We are in the position to have the support of the local community each year and generally, we have had financially successful shows over many years".
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) released Drought Stimulus-Country Show Sponsorship Packages this year and the Boorowa Show was fortunate to receive additional funding. "This will go a long way to supplement sponsorship, and provide many activities for families that are educational and fun. It is for reasons such as this drought stimulus grant and our prize money going back into the community, that our show is trying to deliver a great weekend as we all work towards recovering from the drought when rain comes," she said.
While recent rain will help entrants in some competitions, Narelle said it may be a case of too little, too late for some competitors. "Horticulture and Fruit, Vegetables and Farm Produce will be severely impacted in entry numbers and quality but recent rain will help a little," she said. "The cost of showing livestock in a drought has been increasing as feed costs have soared, not to mention the time resources needed, however horse entries look great because people impacted by any cancelled shows look to shows further west to qualify for Sydney". Competitors in horse events will also be delighted to see progress on the new Boorowa Horse Arena, with the project a great sight for investment in rural and regional facilities. "It has huge potential for our ancillary events like team sorting and other potential comps each year such as cutting, campdrafts, plus the facility will be a great addition for our local Pony Club".