About


The Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Incorporated (the Dorrigo Show Society) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation. The Society holds and promotes an Agricultural Show each year to serve as our primary medium to achieve our mission. The primary focus of the Agricultural Show is to serve as a showcase for the talents of the residents, local organisations and particularly the youth of the community.

 

Purpose and Mission Statement

The Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Incorporated (the Dorrigo Show Society) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation. Our mission statement is:

‘To serve and enrich the community on the Dorrigo Plateau and neighbouring regions by displaying the resources and endeavours of its community and to engage, educate and provide a variety of quality entertainment to both rural and city communities.’

The Society holds and promotes an Agricultural Show each year to serve as our primary medium to achieve our mission. The primary focus of the Agricultural Show is to serve as a showcase for the talents of the residents, local organisations and particularly the youth of the community. The Show provides a means of education, exhibition and competition for the various livestock and non-livestock projects that people are involved in and rewards agricultural excellence. The Society also uses the Agricultural Show to highlight and preserve the heritage of the community; its ties to agriculture and businesses that are the backbone of the community; to give local businesses the opportunity to present their products to the public and to entertain.

All revenue generated is reinvested into our programs and facilities and donated to community and charitable projects.

Organisation

The Dorrigo Show Society is an incorporated association supported by subscribing members of the community and general public. The members, at the annual general meeting, elect a president, other necessary officers and a management committee. The committee employs a secretary/business manager and a membership secretary to administer the Society’s affairs and to manage the annual show. The Committee meets monthly.

The Society uses its own members, volunteers from community organisations and civic clubs and individuals to make up the necessary manpower and expertise that is needed to insure that the Society fulfils its mission.

History

The first Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Show was held in 1910 in Mrs Cork’s paddock fronting the Bielsdown Creek. The move to the present Showground was in 1915 when the Show had 1600 entries.

With the changing of time and industries on the plateau exhibits also changed. Being a very agricultural community the Show always showcased the best of the plateau’s produce and livestock. Everybody made the effort to come to the Show and it was, and still is, an honour to win a ribbon at a Dorrigo Show.

Over the years many of the buildings and facilities were erected with voluntary labour. Many recent improvements have also been done with voluntary labour. It is a credit to these people to provide us today with a Showground to be proud of.

With the introduction of modern transport many people from outside the district have come to exhibit their produce and livestock. There are also more sideshows and a more diverse group of people now come to the Show.

Dorrigo Show has grown considerably in its one hundred year history but is still very agriculturally based, enjoying a wonderful country atmosphere.