OPINION: Shows are the heartbeat of a region

WHAT better way to exhibit the hard work and innovation of our region than at the local show?

Not only that, country shows build close-knit communities and punctuate a hard-working year with some much-needed entertainment and social revelry.

Country shows have been around since the early 1800s and have weathered wars, depressions, droughts and price slumps all across Australia.

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But to this day, they are the main representation of agriculture in contemporary society.

Ag shows continue to provide an invaluable contribution to regional and rural communities.

They effectively show the best of our local talents - whether it's across pastoral pursuits, agricultural or horticultural industries.

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And the role of education and involvement of young people in local shows is equally important, as they are the future of rural and regional life across our region.

They're a highly anticipated event, and their success wouldn't be possible without the tireless and often thankless work of show societies and their long-serving committee members.

Regional towns need local events to keep their communities strong and diverse.

To stay alive and evolve, country shows need to be run by the community, for their community.

Great communities are created by the people that participate in them.

So be sure to head along to the showgrounds this weekend, and throw your support behind the 112th annual Kingaroy Show.

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