Inverell Show Society Treasurer Garry Brown, left, Local MP Adam Marshall, Chief Steward Aileen Roberts and President Graham McKenzie say this year’s Inverell Show will be the best yet.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

AFTER 149 years of successfully staging Inverell Shows, the local Show Society has secured $15,190 from the NSW Government to help make next month’s 150th annual show the best one yet.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced the funding today, saying it would help make the sesquicentenary celebrations something to remember for locals.

“The Inverell Show has come a long way since its humble beginnings by the banks of the Macintyre River to its enviable position as a must-attend event for the region,” Mr Marshall said.

“This sesquicentennial show promises to supply everything the event is renowned for and much more.

“The event ‘150 Reasons to Celebrate at Inverell’ will offer a bigger entertainment line-up and fresh plans for the agricultural displays, offering visitors a new experience, while still highlighting the show’s historic roots.

“This year, the Inverell Show Society wants to return focus to the pavilion, relocating crowd favourites like the wool and produce sections from the Showground’s outskirts to the heart of the show.

“This funding will go towards improved display cases for the pavilion, replacing heavy and outdated cabinets that are a hassle to set up and move.

“New rubber matting will also be rolled out across the pavilion’s basketball court, ensuring visitor’s comfort and safety while protecting floorboards that were installed just last year.

“I can’t wait for this year’s show – with a wide variety of displays, livestock events, a demolition derby and new events like the ‘Rooftop Express’ – there will really be something for everyone.”

Inverell Show Society President Graham McKenzie said the furnishings had already been purchased, with this 150th year proving a monumental organisational feat.

“We’re making the pavilion the feature of the show once more, bringing in a lot of things that were stuck around all corners of the showground,” Mr McKenzie said.

“This year’s show will be something truly special: there’s a very tight and packed program in every hour of the show. From Friday morning, to when we finish the demolition derby, there’s no spare time.”