Presidents Letter to Members and Patrons

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Dear Members and Patrons,

We are welcoming you and looking forward to the 180th Campbell Town Show on the 25th and 26th of May this year. We should all be very proud of the history and contribution The Campbell Town Show provides to the local community in our position as the oldest continually running show in the British Commonwealth. 2018 promises to be a wonderful celebration of our wonderful region and agricultural economy.

The committee and partners have been busy in the off season, working on entertainment, compliance, a new software program for streamlining entries and thanks to the team at Round Table Studios a new and improved website. This year we look forward to offering a large variety of exciting activities and events to keep you and your family entertained. We once again will be hosting 3 State Finals to select winners to represent Tasmania at respective National Championships. Junior Meat Sheep and Junior Merino Sheep competitions will be held on the Saturday with the Shearing State Titles running over the two days.

We are pleased to present George the Farmer, Australia’s best loved farm character as entertainment at this year’s show. George the farmer was created to provide education, inspiration and entertainment for children that accurately reflects life on Australia’s farms. Co-Creator Simone Kaine recently won second place in the national final of the RIRDC Australian Rural Woman of the Year. We look forward to performances, book readings and meet and greet sessions with George on the Saturday of the show.

The prime lamb competition, agricultural seminars, best crops competition, wood chopping, working dog trials, horse events, dog high jump, wiener racing, ute comps and the variety of entries in the Exhibition Hall including beautiful homemade food, art and craft work will complement our focus of being Tasmania’s premier Sheep and Wool Show.

2018 will be a focus on our history with the release of a new book on the 180 years of history of the Midlands Agricultural Association. The book will combine with a new exhibition class for Saxon Merinos to recognise where the Midlands Agricultural Association started in 1838 and provide a comparison of the changing nature of the Merino and sheep industry.

Our iconic events the Cocktail Party (Friday 25th May) and Fashion Parade will continue to showcase fashion and textiles and provide a spotlight on our paddock to plate emphasis and social aspect of our organisation. The show is a great place to reconnect with friends, businesses and the community. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful year.

Please consider entering any of the competitions in the attached schedules, all contributions at every level help make the show the success it has been to date.

An event such as the Campbell Town Show cannot, and would not, survive without the support from members, patrons and sponsors. Our committees work very hard to keep the show progressing with fresh and memorable entertainment every year. Our valuable sponsors are also a very big part of our vision and success to keep the show running for many years and generations, please support them and thank them for supporting our organisation.

If you interested in becoming a Life Member or Annual Member of the M.A.A please fill the accompanying form, all new member contributions give the association financial support which is required in future capital works.

I thank all who are involved for their time, energy and hard work and encourage anyone wanting to become more involved in the show to contact me. Thank you and I hope to see you at the show!!

Kind Regards


George Gatenby
President M.A.A