ROCHESTER’S 2018 Great Northern Show might be without all the trimmings.
Organisers are struggling to pull together the volunteers needed to keep the historic event running as it has for the past 131 years.
And they are looking to strip it back to just an agricultural show unless more people come on board.
‘‘At this stage we have to drop all the entertainment and side activities simply because of a lack of manpower,’’ organising committee member Scott Somerville said.
‘‘This is disappointing because it is still one of the best shows in the state.
‘‘And it has a long, rich tradition and financially the show is in a great position.’’
Scott said this is the path they are heading despite record numbers of entries in this year’s show.
‘‘We had the best horse numbers and our cattle numbers are still one of the best in the state,’’ he said.
‘‘The dogs are also going good, but we just can’t do all the extra bits without more help.
‘‘I urge all the community to have a think about putting their hand up to help out in some way.
‘‘It is a really accepting committee and we are definitely looking for the next generation to start being involved.’’
The show usually boasts a range of activities including carnival rides, segway bikes, an animal farm, dunking machine, Miss Teenager and Mr Teenager competitions, the homecrafts pavilion and an adults’ bar.
These activities and the traditional fireworks display are all up in the air now, with the focus being turned to the agricultural events.
‘‘It will be disappointing if we can’t bring the show together like we normally do,’’ Scott said.
If you or someone you know would like to help out contact Scott on 0408 846 221.