Rockhampton Show Society plans to take next gig to new level
A RURAL Ambassadorial Award will be re-introduced to the Rockhampton Show in 2015.
It is one of the decisions taken by the Rockhampton Agricultural and Citizens Show Society, which has taken over the running of the annual event from the regional council.
Vice-president Dawn Hay said the award would be open to men and women, aged 20 to 29, who had a strong affiliation with and understanding of current rural issues in the area.
She said there were also plans to form a youth advisory committee, designed to give younger show patrons a say on what they would like to see at the show.
Ms Hay said while the society was keen to embrace new initiatives, it was also looking to re-introduce some popular attractions from shows past, including a machinery alley, poultry exhibits and speedway events.
She urged members of the public to have their say.
"This is now a community show and we want to hear from the community.
"We want to know what's important to them and what they want, and we want them involved in the process."
Ms Hay said the society was working hard to recruit volunteers and attract sponsors for the 2015 show, the theme for which would be Town to Country, Country to Town.
She said there would be a heavy focus on innovation and the promotion of local business.
"We talk about cultural diversity," Ms Hay said. "What we want to talk about is agricultural diversity and business diversity.
"There is a really good feel out there about the show and now it's full steam ahead."