JUST how much the Culcairn Show has changed in 100 years will be obvious tomorrow.
What started as an exhibition for cows, sheep and poultry is these days just as much about fire-breathers and television personalities.
President Stephen Trickett said the show’s committee was the reason that the show was still important to the region.
“For years we have been developing more and different ideas to attract people,” he said.
“Young people aren’t as interested in the agriculture side of things so we look for activities to involve them.”
Mr Trickett said the show would not be the event it had become without secretary of 44 years, Joan Wood.
She’s very active and people depend on her and pass ideas by her,” he said.
“She has been the one to hold it together.”
Mrs Wood’s father was an exhibitor as far back as 1919.
Mr Trickett said a grand parade tomorrow would be a celebration of the show’s centenary year.
“For the first time in 15 years, we will parade horses, cars and animals around the grounds,” he said.
Mr Trickett said the committee was proud of its achievements.
“We remember those people who have gone before us and laid the foundations for the show,” he said.
“We also remember the community back then. It gives a chance for people who have moved to return and catch up with others they have known for many years.”
The appearance of television star Nic Westaway and performances by Roy Maloy Circus are features this year.
The final of the Gerogery Battle of the Bands will also be held.
Mr Trickett said the committee had been “flat out” planning and believed it would produce one of the town’s most memorable shows.
“We are happy our city guests will be able to experience a country show,” he said.
“We encourage people from the surrounding areas to share in the celebrations.”