Our Executive Committee
A Note from the President
Welcome to the 2022 Roma Show!
Agricultural Shows throughout Australia have been and continue to be important events on the calendars of local communities. As with all show societies across this country Roma Show Society has faced many obstacles over the past five years. Drought then Co-vid have tested the tenacity of members and committees. I am so proud of this small group of volunteers who have re-assessed and moved ahead. The Roma Show committee have vowed to not only keep going but to improve and organise an event that will be unmissable!
Shows continue to be for all ages and walks of life. While never leaving the original concept of bringing agricultural awareness to the community, our society provides a mix of competition, information, and entertainment. It is a window to our community and indeed local individuals’ skills and abilities. Our committee is a mix of young and old. We value the experience of our older members and welcome the input of younger members. With that in mind our committee has been planning this show since the conclusion of the Roma Show 2021.
In 2022 we again have our cattle section back. Our sheep section is a window to not only the local but Australian sheep industry. Walking hand in hand with these industries, the sheep dog trials continue to flourish and promise to be bigger and better this year. Thank you to all for your continuing support of this wonderful section of our show, you have taken up the challenge and it is getting better each year.
Co-vid has created a new interest in birds of all kinds and numbers look so promising. We welcome young and old to show off their feathered friends to the community.
Art, Photography, Pottery and Ceramics and Handicrafts display our areas creative side to the world. We are happy to provide a window to reflect upon the beauty of creations or inspirations of the many talented locals and perhaps inspire future aspiring artists. Side by side with these displays are the efforts of local schools. Always popular they are an opportunity to view the many positive achievements of our local schools, their students, teachers, and staff.
The recent weather has provided the perfect platform for our horticultural sections whether beautiful flowers and arrangements or vegetables and produce. The society looks forward to the pavilion bulging with the pride and joy of the many Maranoa gardeners. As with all sections I hope to see many junior entrants this year.
With many shows being locked down over the past two years, I am aware that there are many equestrian enthusiasts preparing for our annual show. Our show jumping surface continues to draw competitors from across Australia. The committee works hard to maintain the popularity of the jumping program. Again, this section promises to entertain.
A very full program of breed classes and under saddle classes promises an excellent display of the best horses from local, Qld and interstate. This year we are working in conjunction with Qld Racing Welfare to promote after track opportunities. A new concept will be the Fashions Off The Track under lights on Friday night, the perfect way to place a spotlight on an afterlife for racehorses and an opportunity to work with the local racing industry.
Last year we welcomed the return of Woodchopping to the Roma Show. The success of that has provided us with and opportunity to run a two-day show, Roma will see the best of the best in this physical competition. Machinery alley will see wood chips flying compliments of accomplished axemen.
It is with delight that I announce that show dogs will be back at the Roma Show. A two day/night dog show has created some consternation with regard where we place them. A decision has been made to place the dog show in an area beside the dog trials. We welcome those dogs registered with Dogs Qld to our show, however we have not forgotten the beloved pets of the Maranoa and will be holding a Pet Show on the Friday morning prior to the “big guns” arriving. Our “train” will make regular trips to and from the area.
In 2022 we welcome Show Announcer Lyndsey Douglas. Lyndsey will come from Sydney Royal to our “royal” and we look forward to her working with our local voice Bryce Duke to provide a professional and educated exchange of results, information, and entertainment to our spectators.
Finally, in 2022 across Queensland QCWA branch members will be celebrating the Association’s 100th Anniversary. In respect of this wonderful group of volunteers, Qld Agricultural Show will be asking the association to open shows across the state. It is with delight that Mrs Isla Grulke and Mrs Natalie Dingle have been asked to open our show. Mrs Grulke has been a long-term volunteer in the Handicraft Section of our show. Mrs Dingle and her husband has for many years sponsored and supported our show through their business. QCWA have provided us with guests that represent the older and younger members of their society. Like us they see that we need to go forward by embracing the success or failures of the past. We will also see displays of Country Kitchens, a program funded by the Qld Government to promote food and nutrition understanding. I for one look forward to sampling their products.
On behalf of the Roma Show Society, I look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Roma Show. I thank the volunteers, sponsors, competitors and public for making this THE place to meet in ’22!
Let the show begin!