Come to Beef and have a ball
ANNE O'Connor is one of the Beef Australia 2012 volunteers who wants nothing more than for the 75,000 visitors at next week's event to have a ball.
While the showgrounds is in the middle of a facelift for the beef bonanza, community volunteers are busy collecting uniforms and brushing up on maps and programs.
Ms O'Connor has volunteered for the past two expos and is as enthusiastic as ever for the upcoming event.
"It's a great opportunity for community participation and volunteers to represent their region," she said.
"Where people once thought it was just an event, now they know it's an absolute spectacle. People come from everywhere on earth to see our beef.
"Come to Beef and have a ball! It's so spectacular."
Beef Australia CEO Roger Desailly said there were 130 volunteers who were essential to his Beef team.
"We couldn't run Beef Week without them. They are our arms, legs, eyes and ears at the event," he said. "They always do a great job and are usually the first point of contact for attendees."
For a full list of the events check the website, www.beefaustralia.com.au.