Narrandera’s Show committee members are pushing on with the September 7 event despite a low level of interest from the local business community.
The committee has put out an urgent call to businesses to showcase products and services in trade displays in the large exhibition hall.
Show Society president Tony Andracchio said the committee was focused on this year’s show following the setback of the event’s 2018 cancellation.
In his nine years in the role of organising business displays for the exhibition hall, Mr Andracchio said he has never seen such a lack of enthusiasm.
“I have already been around once to the businesses in Narrandera and I have had one firm yes to supplying material to be put on show in the hall,” he said. “I am hoping this week the reponse will be a little more positive.’’
Mr Andracchio said this year’s show promises to be fun for the family with a smash-up derby, professional wrestling, equestrian events and the popular side show alley. In addition, a car, bike and truck show and shine, lawn mower racing, and a mobile Taronga Zoo will be making an appearance, along with Dane the Magician and nighttime fireworks.
Following the show’s abandonment in 2018 and lack of new blood at the annual general meeting, Mr Andracchio said the committee and event would be run along business lines this year.
He is determined to see the show move forward as a professional organisation. Meeting on the third Tuesday of every month, the committee members range in age from their twenties to sixties and, according to Mr Andracchio, are wholly committed to ensuring the long term viability of the show.
He is keen to fill the large exhibition hall with trade displays from local businesses.
“If we don’t get enough support in Narrandera from businesses, I may be reduced to filling the hall with (market-type) arts and crafts.”
He said the last option was to draw on businesses from outside the town to fill the gaps but often non-local businesses were keen to fill the void.
Narrandera businesses have a deadline of the end of July to express an interest in holding a display or exhibition at the show.
Mr Andracchio believes the complete lack of agricultural competitiors, due to biosecurity regulations, and the reduction in wool production locally has done nothing to help attract what was once the main stay for visitors, farmers and families.
“When you consider that once Narrandera was home to a number of motor vehicle dealerships and the big names in agricultural machinery, the fortunes of the show have not been helped,” he said. “It is fair to say there has been a generational change amongst farmers to a certain extent as they ask themselves what would I get out of going to Narrandera Show.”
Mr Andracchio said the committee was working hard to ensure a healthy future for the town’s longest running event.
Anyone seeking to assist the show society or requiring information can visit www.narranderashowsociety.com.au.