“Twenty six years after it was surveyed, Horsham was able to organise an Agricultural and Pastoral Society and have its first annual show in 1876. From the very beginning, the aim of the Horsham and Wimmera District Agricultural and Pastoral Society was to ‘improve the quality of livestock and to promote agriculture’ in the district and this the Society has endeavoured to achieve throughout its first hundred years of existence.” (Exceprt from ‘A History of the Horsham Agricultural Society 1976’ by the late Ian Maroske).
In the words of 1978 Society President, Bernard Gross, “We can look back with appreciation to the generations of men and women of the Horsham and Wimmera Distric who gave the lead for, and the sustained, the Horsham and Wimmera District Agricultural and Pastoral Society and its annual shows.”
So here we are in 2016, a community celebrating 140 years of the history of the Horsham Agricultural Society as it is now known. In two years time celebrations will be held for the 140th Horsham Show due to their being no shows held during World War II, in 1941 and 1942. As tradition continues, the Society is currently lead by the youngest ever President, 23 year old Dalton Cross who has a strong commitment to the Horsham Show and to the Society where the team of young members continues to grow.
Dalton cordially invites former and current Society members, show sponsors, patrons and the communnity to this free gathering, which will be held on the banks of the Wimmera River at the Showgrounds on February 17 from 5.30pm. Guests are encouraged to ‘come as you are’, straight from work to share a drink and some stories at the bar with the current members of the Horsham Agricultural Society. Pizza’s will be on the menu and live music will be provided for everyone’s enjoyment.
The celebration of this anniversary has been delayed to fit in with the 2016 harvest, enabling farmers and many in the agricultural industry to attend. For more information please call 0400 425 254.
This event has been supported through Horsham Rural City Council’s ‘Connected Communities Small Grant Initiative’ provided through the Local Government Drought Response Package - Regional Development Victoria.