ASC Next Gen aims to secure the future of our agricultural shows

Show future: Members of the ASC Next Gen met in Wauchope recently to discuss the future of agricultural shows across the state.
Show future: Members of the ASC Next Gen met in Wauchope recently to discuss the future of agricultural shows across the state.

Got a passion for rural and regional NSW? Want to help secure the future of agricultural shows, including the annual Wauchope Show?

ASC Next Gen is the youthful extension of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW.

Among its aims is to provide guidance and support through collaboration and education.

ASC Next Gen met in Wauchope in mid-June where delegates discussed future events including a planned Show Skills Seminar and the long-running Show All Rural Ball.

Committee member Isabel Hawken says younger people are the future of our much-loved agricultural shows.

"To make our shows sustainable and relevant in the future we, as a wider community, need to foster the transfer of knowledge and development of skills to create well rounded succession plans for our show societies," Ms Hawken said.

"Voicing opinions and bringing sustainable and supported change are often the biggest challenges for young people in agricultural shows. Joining a new community group as a young person can always be a daunting prospect.

"Our members consist of keen 18 - 35 year olds who have a passion for rural and regional NSW, agriculture and their community," she said.

"These people are keen to secure the future of NSW Agricultural shows through dedication, education and engagement."

ASC Next Gen was founded in 2004.

In that time, the organisation has had many success stories, from the development of its delegates program to facilitation of young judges workshops.

Discussions: The ASC Next Gen meeting in Wauchope was deemed a success.

Discussions: The ASC Next Gen meeting in Wauchope was deemed a success.

Ms Hawken said the group wants to provide young people with the opportunity to build on their skill levels and take these skills to better their communities.

"In the coming months we are hoping to achieve a good turn out at our Show Skills Seminar and Show All Rural Ball on July 20 and 21 in Wagga Wagga.

"This is our major fundraiser for the year and will provide money for events and scholarships all aimed at securing the future of agricultural shows.

"The Show Skills Seminar is a series of presentations aimed at building up the capacity and skills of young people to take home to their local shows.

"These presentations in the past have included running a young farmers workshop, young judges software training, tips for new secretaries and social media presence."

The Show All Rural Ball has been running for 15 years and is the premiere event for the young rural professional.

"It's a great night to let your hair down and splash some cash at the live auction. Tickets are on sale now via our Facebook page," she added.

The ASC Next Gen executive is 'spread all over the state' and meets via teleconference every month with general meeting for all members held quarterly.

Membership is free to all financial members of a show society in NSW.

For more information go to the ASC Next Gen website or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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