Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has taken time to stress the importance of country shows to rural areas.
“When times are tough in the bush our country communities come together,” Mr Gee said.
“One place that this happens is at our country shows. I recently had the pleasure of attending a number of country shows, it being show season in the central west.
Included in the list of shows Mr Gee visited were the Eugowra Show.
“It was the 105th annual show at Eugowra,” Mr Gee said.
“It featured ute barrel racing, a demolition derby, dog jumping, and spectacular fireworks.
“Again, there was something there for everyone. I'd like to congratulate president Tony Toohey, who was awarded a life membership for 40 years of service to the Eugowra Show Society.
“I also congratulate secretary Sean Haynes, treasurer Kevin Townsend; chief pavilion steward David Herbert, the entertainment coordinator Hugh Ellis, and showgirl coordinator Janet Moxey.
“I'd also like to congratulate the 2018 showgirl Kahlia Townsend.
“I also acknowledge St Joseph's Catholic Primary School's P&F President Alison Haynes and her team for catering on Friday, as well as Eugowra CWA President Margaret Swift and the committee for catering on Saturday.
“Eugowra Show also featured the unveiling of the new Eugowra flag, which was designed by year 6 St Joseph's student Ashton Gates.
“That flag features Parliament House, which is of course made from Eugowra granite.
“So there is a very close connection between this place and the wonderful town of Eugowra.
“I would like to thank all of the folks there at Eugowra for putting on such a wonderful show.
“I thank all of our hardworking volunteers across our region; they are the fabric of our country communities, bringing us together even when times are tough.
“The tremendous crowds that have been supporting our country shows have been truly heartening. Long may it continue; you can't beat a country show,” Mr Gee said.