Neil Coombes is excited about the future of Wauchope Showground, as he starts his term of office as Show Society president.
Neil became president of the poultry club 13 years ago, and took over running the poultry section of the show. He was voted on to the board of directors shortly after that.
Neil became Vice-President five years ago, and then at the last AGM he got voted in as president.
“I hope to do as well as his predecessor, Bob Kennett and the other past presidents. It is good that the directors had faith in me to be their president,” said Neil.
“There are a few things around the showground that we need to fix and renew, just like Bob did while he was president.
“It’s to continue the upgrade of the showground and get as many people to come here as usual,” he added.
The showground is owned by the Show Society, not by the council.
“It’s very important that the people of Wauchope understand that the Show Society has to find the money for everything we do.”
Next year’s Wauchope Show will be held on April 21 and 22, with the Ulysses AGM in May, the Yesteryear Trucks in July and the Caravan and Camping Show in August.
There are more than 20 directors on the Board of the Wauchope Show and they are young and old and in between.
One source of revenue comes from the 16 vans camping on the site every day, which Neil says is great.
“We have our chief stewards who run our sections, which takes the pressure off the president and vice-presidents.
“They all do a great job. The whole thing is a team effort. That’s the way that we can move forward. I will be pushing that point all the time,” he said.
As well as being Show Society president, Neil has a day job delivering liquid nitrogen to doctors and farms. He’s a busy man, but that’s the way he likes it.