YEARS of running the show bag stall at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show was a 'win-win' arrangement between the Nambour Cricket Club and the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society.
The fundraising opportunity, combined with the Group's commitment to community service, meant much needed dollars were raised to reinvest into the Nambour Showgrounds.
Show President, Cr. Jenny McKay stated, "The relationship has been going for over 35 years and has been positive and enduring; the opportunity for the Nambour Cricket Club to raise funds meant the dollars were then invested into areas like the main oval, grandstand, lighting and the Club's practice nets, benefiting many in the community".
2016 will be the first year the Nambour Cricket Club will not be running the show bag stall at their cricketing homeground and the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society pays tribute to those Stalwarts such as Mandy and Peter Johnson, Grant and Betty Ledger, whose beaming faces contributed to the yearly face of the Show.
A spokesperson for the Nambour Cricket Club indicated it was decision that was not taken lightly and appreciated the honour of being involved with the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show over so many years with the opportunity to raise funds for the Club and showground facilities.
The commitment to the show bag van meant the most reliable and experienced helpers from the Nambour Cricket Club provided the role of van managers and money collectors, working over the three show days and evenings, with the responsibility of handling large amounts of cash, along with scheduling other workers in the van.
The Club, in a decision that was not taken lightly, has needed to look to other types of fundraising.
Cr. McKay stated, "This marks the end to an era of a job well done by the Nambour Cricket Club and we wish to acknowledge, with appreciation, their years of service and dedication.
Indeed, it represents the face of volunteerism required for the functioning of community groups such as theirs and events such as ours".
Cr. McKay went on to say, "The Show, as a community event is dependent on volunteerism making it possible to move into this, its 111th year".
With the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show running June 10-12, with a fresh new program, the Show vans will be on-site for the entirety of the event with a sea of show bags catering to all ages and tastes.