Kids focus of Show but government will be a No Show


Kids will be the major focus of the 58th Alice Springs Show on July 7 and 8.
President Rosie Gibbins says the Show Society will be partnering with the Central Australia Heath Service and supporting its “Thumbs Up for Clean Hands” campaign.
“Also, new this year is the Kids Zone in the Greatorex Pavilion with children’s activities, a rest stop for parents and baby change area sponsored by Yeperenye Shopping Centre.
“Show Girl is back – open to women aged 18 to 30 years.”
Ms Gibbins says that the Show has been selected as the venue for the Department of Public Housing for their long running tenants competition.
“Their competition is designed to reward tenants who nurture their gardens and encourage a sense of ‘pride in your place’.
“The competition has been running for over 30 years and is popular among a small group of tenants who enter each year.”
Ms Gibbins is worried about the number of trade exhibitors applying for stalls being “well down” on last year and the NT Government will not be attending any regional shows this year, the society has been notified, she says.
“It’s up to individual departments to make their own arrangements.”


  1. How does “it’s up to individual departments to make their own arrangements” equal “NT government will not be attending”?
    [ED – We put this question to the government.]

  2. My family are frequent show goers and last year we noticed a big decline in numbers of stalls in the sheds. It’s sad to hear it’s obviously going to be worse this year.
    However many stall holders said that the increase in fees to have a stall would probably mean that it wouldn’t be affordable or worthwhile in future.
    Can the Show Society elaborate on the fees and when and why they were increased?
    Last year it was very noticeable throughout the whole show that it’s getting worse each year. Even the grand parade was a huge disappointment.


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