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About the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show


Today

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a prestigious three-day event that showcases the extraordinary diversity of the Sunshine Coast. It keeps our history alive, unites town and country, and promotes our iconic agricultural industries. It’s an opportunity for locals to share their talents, skills and achievements, with the expansive range of competitions highlighting the best in our region. The Show also provides businesses and community groups with a valuable platform to further promote their brand and gather support. We provide a varied range of entertainment daily in the Main Ring with Horse events, V8 Utes, Fireworks, Side Show Alley, roving performances and on the Heritage Stage.


History

The first of our 110 shows was held in Woombye just five kilometres south of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show’s present home in Nambour on the 3rd of June 1900. 1500 people attended this momentous occasion and gate takings for the first day was recorded as 23-19-0 pounds. The first Show featured a small ring with seats around the perimeter made from rounds of timber blocks and fitches of waste timber. A Pavilion was built of forked posts and round bush timber to house displays of cooking, needlework, school work and floral art. Under the pavilion there was fruit and farm produce. Only three side show alley rides were included, one being a Merry Go Round. In 1909 and 1910 the Show was established at the present day Showgrounds at Nambour with an abundance of room, large ring and pavilion and close proximity to town.


Executives

President: Jenny McKay
Vice President: Ray Pembleton
Secretary: Stacey Breed
Treasurer: Rod Tunstall


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Gorden Rick
Rowan O'Hara
Greg Rogerson
Denise Fidler
Nelson Corbett
Shane Astle
Lee Corbett
Ellie O'Hara


Section 1 Ring Events Ann-Marie Lawson, Vicki Ansell and Jodie Ticknell
Section 2 Dairy Cattle Jen Kerwin
Section 4 Stud Beef Stacey Breed
Section 5 Poultry Allen Burton
Section 7 Art Dawn Hebblewhite
Section 8 Table Fruit Rod Spackman
Section 9 Vegetables Rod Spackman
Section 11 Dairy Goats Joan Holloway
Section 12 Kidscraft Di Cannon
Section 13 Floriculture Louise Ingram
Section 15 Craft Roslyn McKay
Section 18 Cookery Bev Bradford
Section 19 Sweets and Preserves Bev Bradford
Section 20 Apiculture Alby Taylor
Section 21 Photography Gary Bradford
Section 22 Wood chop Phil Campbell


Volunteers

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show enjoys strong volunteerism which has enabled the Show to prosper with our valued Volunteers working in all areas through the traditional sections of cake making to arts and craft. We seek volunteers of all age ranges to share their skills and knowledge to ensure that our Show remains the ‘must-see’ cultural and recreational event of the year. Our Volunteers are involved in:


  • Event organising and governance
  • Fundraising
  • Bars
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Site sales
  • Marketing, media and advertising
  • Professional duties such as veterinary, accounting and legal services
  • Judging / Stewarding
  • Entertainment
  • Timekeepers
  • Building maintenance
  • Sponsorship
  • Security
  • Gates
  • Social Media
  • Website management
  • Youth activities
  • Office support
  • Committees

 

Many of our volunteers say that the main reason they donate their time to our Show is because they are actively helping their community and that volunteering is personally rewarding and helps them to make a difference. We invite you to join our vibrant team of volunteers by filling out the Volunteers form and returning it to the Show Society Office.

2016 Volunteer Form 2016 Volunteer Form (275 KB)



Volunteer & Steward Handbook Volunteer & Steward Handbook (683 KB)

Membership and Members

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society is governed independently by a voluntary Management Committee. Our members typically include local residents, farmers, and members of the community such as business owners or local government representatives. Membership of our Show provides Members with voting rights, enabling free admission to the Show and discounted entry to all other events staged by the Show Society where they arise.


To become a Member download the form and return it to the Show Office at your earliest convenience.

2016 New Members Letter 2016 New Members Letter (473 KB)