The 2016 Kimba Show is nearly upon us. 2015 brought with it a huge shift in the group dynamics with many outgoing committee members opening up quite a few new spots on the committee.

With such a shift in committee members we have had many jobs to fill which was a bit of a challenge, but in time it was great to see new people wanting to become involved in the running of the show. I myself have taken on a larger role within the committee, stepping up from entertainment co-ordinator to President after much deliberating and convincing I might add, just prior to the 2015 show. We have also had Katie Eatts (Treasurer/Sponsorship), Erin Johnson (Sites/market place) and Symon Allen (Entertainment) join the committee.

The 2015 show saw a great day out for everyone with over 700 people through the gate on show day. The shearing competition, The Kimba Art Prize, Kids Bike Race, Horses in Action with show jumping over 2 days and the Free Eyre Young Farmers Challenge events were as popular as ever. My congratulations to Courtney Johnson for representing the Kimba AH&F Society as our Young Rural ambassador. Courtney was able to get though the first round, but unfortunately was overseas at the time of the state final judging.

I myself have been selected to represent the Eyre Peninsula as Rural Ambassador this year, at the Royal Adelaide Show in September. The young rural and rural ambassador program offers a great opportunity for young people to get themselves out there, network and be part of a life changing experience. I strongly encourage young people with a passion for country shows to give the competition a go.

This year's show is set to bring a vibrant feel with something for everyone. It has been great working with new committee members to bring new ideas to the table. The 2016 Kimba AH&F Show will be one about celebrating healthy, strong communities. We will again be featuring the ever popular market place and Kimba Art Prize. We have also been able to secure a few select show rides for the day, so please keep your eyes peeled for more information. Although this year we will not be holding the Young Farmers Challenge we have a very exciting replacement, which we will reveal closer to the day.

In closing I would like to put out a huge thanks to the 2015 committee as without them the show would not have been possible. I myself was running at low capacity with my show commitments due to some silly person deciding to get married the week after the show. So again thanks to everyone that was able to help me out.

Come along on show day and get involved as we look forward to not only this year’s show but also the 90th show in 2017.

Amy Murray