Coastal show at risk without volunteers

An Apollo Bay show committee member is hopeful community members will step forward and join the committee to ensure the annual show goes ahead next year.

Apollo Bay and Otway District Agricultural Society vice president Tara Greyson said the committee lacked enough members to secure a 2018 show and was reliant on community members raising their hands to volunteer their time and fill empty committee positions.

“We’ve had some long-standing members step down from their positions, after a fantastic involvement with us so we do ultimately need new numbers,” she said.

“But we’re not at a point where we are saying there is definitely no show next year.”

Ms Greyson said she was confident the Apollo Bay community, which had surprised her in the past, would band together for the benefit of the show.

She said the committee needed volunteers as soon as possible and had given themselves until September and October to make a decision if the annual March show would go ahead.

“Simply because these events are quite large and we do require a lot of organisation, we do need to give ourselves some time,” Ms Greyson said.

“We are still in the hope that we will have people volunteering over the next couple of weeks, hopefully enough to get a committee; we have our fingers crossed.”

Ms Greyson said the Apollo Bay and Otway District Agricultural Show had been an annual event for the past 61 years and that it would be disappointing if the community lost the show.

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