IN CHARGE: Monto and District Show Committee treasurer Kristie Bargenquast, president Amanda Goody and secretary Maree Perkins are counting down to the big weekend.
IN CHARGE: Monto and District Show Committee treasurer Kristie Bargenquast, president Amanda Goody and secretary Maree Perkins are counting down to the big weekend. Anastassia Perets

These women are the future of the Monto Show

THE next generation is in the driver's seat of this year's Monto and District Show.

The new committee's unique quality is that the core members are all mothers under 35 years of age.

One of their main aims is to inspire young people to get involved with one of Monto's biggest events of the year.

President Amanda Goody, treasurer Kristie Bargenquast and secretary Maree Perkins are busy planning, counting down to April 23-24.

"We are working on bridging the age gap so everyone will get involved," Mrs Goody said.

"There will be a kids schedule outlining the kids classes and everything they can do, and that will be sent out to the different schools.

"This will just make it easier for them to know what they can get involved in and not get lost by looking at the big schedule."

The committee is currently negotiating extra rides to improve the sideshow, particularly for little kids.

The grown-ups will have some exciting new additions awaiting them too.

"There will be new trade stalls, and we have got feature classes in the cooking and fruit and veg sections," Mrs Goody said.

"Gardening guru Tom Wyatt from the ABC will be there doing gardening talks and answering any gardening questions."

The committee has struggled for a long time without a permanent secretary and treasurer, meaning Mrs Bargenquast and Mrs Perkins putting their hands up was vital to the show's existence.

"I thought that if I don't do it, nobody else will," Mrs Perkins said.

"I saw it as a good opportunity to create renewed interest in the show and to keep people interested in agriculture.

"We hope to keep what's best about the show while giving a modern spin."

One of the traditions that will continue is the search for a Rural Ambassador and Showgirl.

The committee would like six weeks notice from those interested in participating this year.

To contact the committee, phone 0429400487.

Otherwise, they can be found in the Monto and District Show office at the showgrounds most Wednesdays.


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