Show set to boost the spirits
LIFTING community spirit is at the heart of this year's Miles Show, with some old favourites and fresh additions to the program set to bring the whole town together for a not-to-be- missed event.
Show society president Richard Steele said the Miles community was feeling more optimistic and was in a better position overall since last year's show, which should mean bigger crowds turn out this year.
"We don't really know where we stand but Miles as a whole has shown some forms of improvement and there is a bit more optimism around the town, so we hope for a bit more attendance, but times are still tough for a lot of people,” Mr Steele said.
"It's the only community event that happens in Miles annually, the races attracts a big crowd and Back to the Bush biennially, but really the show is the only one and it's an extremely good event to bring everyone together.
"It's a chance for people to get there and talk about what's going on, where there families are and for people to catch up on an annual basis. "It's really a socio-economic event, which is very close to the community.”
Mr Steele said the society had added some new features to the show schedule this year to keep it feeling fresh for regular show-goers.
"We've sort of tried to add some new stuff to the show this year, we try every two to three years and if something is good or really popular we invite them back,” he said.
"We try and keep things lively so this year we have a whole new entertainment in the Walsh Pavilion, a tucker box and roving performers.
"I think this will be a fairly fresh, new looking show but still with some old favourites: the stud cattle and the show jumping, the fire works and the band will be playing on after the fireworks.
"I think there will be a really positive vibe and hopefully we'll get a good response, it's that one year event the whole community can be a part of.
"Our biggest issue is that we're a mid week show, every show around it is tied to a weekend so that's our biggest challenge, that's why now we're a three day show because we roll on the Sunday to the fire works on Tuesday night.”
Program highlights will include Bubble Muffins, an interactive cooking demonstration for kids and stilt walkers.
The Miles Show will run from Sunday, May 21 until Tuesday, May 23.