APOLLO Bay residents are throwing their support behind next year’s agricultural show as preparations begin to bring the event back.
A show committee member’s illness forced the cancellation of this year’s Apollo Bay Show but community support will allow the event to continue.
Show committee secretary Denise Byng said the committee used the year off to ensure next year’s show would be successful.
“We are going ahead with next year’s show, thankfully we had this last year off and that’s given us time to recruit new members and explore new things to have at the show,” Ms Byng said.
“We’ve got a more people committed to helping out and a lot of younger people to cover that age demographic,” she said.
“They bring nice fresh ideas and new ideas and are really enthusiastic.”
Ms Byng said the interest from Apollo Bay residents showed how important the show was to the community.
“We have advertised that if we didn’t get more people on the committee we might not be able to go ahead,” she said.
“Then when the AGM came up we had 20 people come by and although they may not be actually committee members we’ve had a lot of interest from people wanting to just help out on the day.”
Ms Byng said the committee had plans to offer a range of new attractions which would interest a variety of people.
“We’re going to have chooks on show and we’ve got the school involved in it,” she said.
“We want to offer something different that will interest people and the younger generations.
“We’re also planning on having a show and shine with vintage cars coming in.”
Ms Byng said she believed it was important the show could continue to entertain crowds in years to come, for the coastal and farming communities.
“If we don’t get it back and going again you’re going to lose it,” she said.
“You see that with the smaller shows in smaller towns once you lose it, it doesn’t come back.”