Brenda Richards and Kay Harm from the Showbag Warehouse were busy yesterday preparing their van for showbag sales at this year’s Fraser Coast Show.
Brenda Richards and Kay Harm from the Showbag Warehouse were busy yesterday preparing their van for showbag sales at this year’s Fraser Coast Show. Karleila Thomsen

Coast’s show must go on

HUGE increases in costs have left the Fraser Coast Show Society struggling financially and depending more than ever on community support to keep the ferris wheels turning.

Like other regional show societies across Queensland, the Fraser Coast Show Society has to fork out thousands of dollars in insurance, rent, electricity, entertainment and service costs.

Fraser Coast Show Society president Gary Jensen said it cost about $300,000 to stage the annual show, which this year will run for three days from May 20 to 22.

Some bills have risen more than 100 per cent in the past couple of years and income from the gate has not covered the extra expenses.

“Our local show is a great opportunity for every local business and organisation to come together in the one location to show the rest of the world what we produce locally and have to offer as a region.

“But the costs of putting on a great show have risen significantly over the last couple of years.”

Rent of the showgrounds has risen about $500 a year but the financial contribution from the amalgamated council is about $5000 less than what was received previously from the four separate councils.

Insurance alone costs $22,000 each year, with another $6000 added on top for rain protection insurance and security costs have risen 100 per cent over three years.

“Electricity costs have risen from $2500 in 2006 to $7500 in 2009,” Mr Jensen said.

“So just rent and electricity costs are a lot of dollars to find before the show even begins.”

To make the show more affordable and try to keep entry prices to a minimum, the society will focus more on local entertainment this year, supporting the Fraser Coast’s own performers and attractions.

Mr Jensen said the community could support the show by joining as an active member of the show society.

Members help at fundraisers and in return have unlimited access during the show.

Other ways to save money include pre-buying entry tickets at reduced prices and pre-buying ride tickets.

Once inside the gate there is heaps of entertainment – the 2010 program will feature Robinson’s Circus, a reptile show, rodeo and petting zoo.



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