Introducing the new committee of the Freds Pass Rural Show Inc, elected on the 31 March 2021
Chair – Shirley Preston, Vice-Chair – Penny Parkinson, Secretary – Billie-jo Reichman, Treasurer – Trudy Stewart, General Committee members – Ros McMillan, Wade Charles, Lindsey Stewart, Colin Parkinson.
A big thanks to these members for stepping forward at this challenging time for the association.
The committee’s first task will be to remediate the operational, financial, communications and social media embargo required by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade until a new committee was formed. We ask for patience from the many people who have been trying to contact us over the past month - we will get back to you all.
A big task for the new committee will be to get up to speed on all things related to the association. We will then be able to determine if some show-related events can go ahead this year, in lieu of our usual 2 day May show (which there is now not enough time to organise – staging our show is a mammoth operational undertaking). We will have discussions with our sponsors and other stakeholders and let you know as soon as we can.
But the most important task for the new committee is to commence planning for a bonza 2022 Freds Pass Rural Show! We know that after a 2-year hiatus, you will all be hanging out to attend our fantastic rural show again, so the committee looks forward to your ongoing support.
Over the last 40 years it is estimated that in excess of half a million Territorian’s have had an opportunity to sample a ‘unique slice of rural life’ through a family visit to the iconic Freds Pass Rural Show. 2019 saw the 40th Ruby Red celebration of this much loved show.
The show had humble beginnings, as a small Apex run rural fete for the Howard Springs Primary School in 1978, and was run under an independent committee until 2006. As the show grew in size, the Freds Pass Reserve Board took over management of the event. 2014 marked the return to an independently run event steered by an enthusiastic show committee (run as an Incorporated Association) who aims to continually build, develop and promote this fantastic event which attracts more than 25,000 people over the two day period.
The show is known for its strong rural theming with a vast range of equestrian events, livestock judging, animal displays, an exhibition hall showcasing the community's many artistic and creative talents, wood chopping exhibition, side show alley, music talent quests, NT Young Rural Achiever Awards and a the vast array of poultry, horticulture and market garden produce. It has truly become an annual event where ‘urban meets rural'.
Children are not forgotten as free children's activities run on both days of the show, and our Outback Track bags provide fun and goodies as kids search for the participating site holders to collect the give-aways. Saturday and Sunday feature exciting entertainment acts focusing on utilising local talent wherever possible. On Saturday night everyone gathers for a spectacular fireworks display, and then party on to great live entertainment under the stars.
The Freds Pass Rural Show is also a highly effective platform for community groups, business and industry to come on board as exhibitors and sponsors.