SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE PARKES COUNTRY SHOW
Parkes locals can expect the very best of local produce, livestock and entertainment later this month thanks to a $42,000 investment from the NSW Government.
Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the Parkes Show is an important event on the local calendar and that the funding, delivered through the NSW Government’s Country Shows Support Package, would help bring Parkes its best show yet.
“Country shows are the heart of so many regional communities, playing a vital role in bringing locals together and allowing visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the bush,” Mr Farraway said.
“I am thrilled this funding will help support the Parkes Pastoral, Agricultural & Horticultural Association construct new facilities to house exhibits such as local produce, art and craft and floral arrangements.
“These additional stalls will allow exhibitors to connect with locals and allow visitors the chance to experience the best Parkes has to offer.
“Our regional communities have been hit hard over the last few years. From drought, fires, floods and COVID, we have faced more than our fair share of challenges.
“Despite these challenges our local show societies continue to deliver family fun events.
“With three days of cattle and horse events, dog jumping, young farmers challenges and ute barrel racing, there is something for everyone in the community to enjoy.
“I am proud to be part of a Government that is building a safer, stronger regional NSW to secure a brighter future for families living in the bush.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $5 million Country Shows Support Package provides a funding opportunity for the 190 agricultural shows across NSW in 2022.
“It’s been a tough few years for country shows, with drought, bushfires, storms, floods and COVID-19 disrupting plans, but as they say, the show must go on and these grants are helping make that happen,” Mr Toole said.
“Country shows are the heartbeat of so many rural communities – they not only celebrate the best of the best in the community but allow visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the bush.
“These grants will provide certainty to show organisers that they can lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods, which is also great news for local businesses.
“It’s also a big win for competitors who have spent years perfecting events like wood-chopping, show jumping or baking, as they can now focus on earning the points needed to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”
Funding of up to $15,000 is available to small shows with an audience of less than 2,000 people across all event days, while medium and large shows can apply for up to $30,000 and $45,000 respectively.
The $5 million Country Shows Support Package is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will deliver long-term support and certainty for the regions as the state reopens.
The Parkes Show runs from Monday 29 August to Wednesday 31 August at the Parkes Showground.