The Taroom Show Society has dominated the inaugural Queensland shows awards, with the announcements made at an agri-gala dinner at the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies (QCAS) conference on January 16.
Christie McLennan won the emerging leader category, while the Taroom Show Society was named runner-up in the best innovation category for their media campaign.
The show awards, which included the emerging leader, best innovation and outstanding contribution categories, were introduced to recognise excellence in the agricultural show movement. The awards serve to acknowledge the contribution of not just show societies and their associated events, but also the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
And Christie has certainly proved to be one of these people. Christie’s show involvement extended from her local show in 2010, when she was named the Taroom Miss Showgirl. From there she won the South West competition, and then the Queensland Miss Showgirl competition.
Two of Christie’s greatest achievements within the Taroom Show Society have been the introduction of the Showgirl Ladies Luncheon, and the Santos GLNG Town and Country Pavilion. Christie has encouraged many younger people to play an active role in the show society, and she was recently voted in as the South West Queensland subchamber president which further demonstrates her commitment to the wider show movement.
The Taroom Show Society’s media campaign has been a sweet victory for the committee. The release of four newsletters annually to 800 residents has helped membership numbers increase significantly. It has also provided an opportunity to thank sponsors and volunteers, promote new events and attractions, and remind people of the various competitions they can participate in.
By combing the newsletters with a web page and a Facebook page, the show society has been able to engage and connect with a variety of demographics throughout the community.