Melanie Hurley and her pet lamb, Turbo took out Champion Pet Lamb at last year’s Tara Show.
Melanie Hurley and her pet lamb, Turbo took out Champion Pet Lamb at last year’s Tara Show. Alasdair Young

Tara to celebrate 80 years of showcasing region’s best

THIS year the Tara Show is celebrating 80 years of showcasing the region's best in agriculture, art, craft, cookery, horse and ring events, horticulture and so much more.

Tara Show Society president Carissa Hallinan said it was a wonderful achievement for the show to make it to 80 years and she was enormously proud of all those who had worked so hard to make it possible.

"Eighty years is such a milestone for any agricultural show and I am so pleased to be involved and working with such a fabulous committee," Mrs Hallinan said.

The Tara Show committee is eager to honour the past and the people who made the last 80 years possible and has asked community members to bring along any memorabilia they have from the shows and photos for a special display.

The first Tara Show was held early in 1933 and has been held annually ever since, except during the war years, when the society closed down until April 1946.

In 1946 the first post-war show was held and the festivities of the town's annual agriculture show allowed to continue.

While some shows have had to be postponed for a few days over the past 80 years because of weather, as the saying goes, the show did go on, and the event was able to carry on.

The first improvements to the showgrounds were very much a community effort, with the labour being carried out by a volunteer workforce, and the finances to purchase material to build a 60'x 35' pavilion fundraised by the 24 citizens who became the show's life members.

In addition, a great deal of the construction and work to the show's facilities since then has been largely the result of volunteer labour.

The current Tara Show committee estimates the present assets of the Show Society would be worth approximately $650,000.

The very first Tara Pastoral, Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society was formed on July 14, 1931, at a public meeting where a committee was formed

This year's 80th annual Tara Show will take place on Saturday, March 5.

To mark the milestone event special guest Arlie Felton-Taylor, the ABC's Southern Queensland rural reporter, will be officially opening the Tara Show at 2pm.