Parkes Show fabric of the community

THE Parkes Show has been described as the fabric of the community by Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack.

Mr McCormack spoke about the successful organisation of this year’s 137th show and the value of the event to life in Parkes in his speech delivered during the show’s official opening.

Before his speech, Mr McCormack had just walked around the show with Parkes Show Society past president Ken Keith and The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Maisie Morrow.

He was impressed with the bustling and packed sideshow alley, the colourful pavilion displays and the high-quality exhibits.

Mr McCormack said country shows brought out the best of people.

“People are always happy, there are lots of young and old people alike enjoying what is very much the fabric of the community – your annual show,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack praised the organisation of the show by its committee and volunteers, led by show society president, Garry O’Brien.

“You don’t get these great events happening without enthusiasm, dedication and persistence,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack described Ms Morrow as a great ambassador for shows and complimented 2016 Parkes Showgirl Haylee Wakefield for her contribution over the past 12 months.

And he congratulated 2017 showgirl Deanne Freeman on winning the 2017 title.

“I am absolutely proud to represent this area in the Federal Parliament,” Mr McCormack said.

“It’s a wonderful rural community.”

Ken Grimson