BAPS executive officer Lucy Quartermain said the society was focused on changing with the times.
“While we want people to come to the show and enjoy the rides and see the animals and maybe enjoy a show bag or three – that’s not all.,” Mrs Quartermain said.
“We want to showcase all that is amazing about agriculture and bridge the gap between farm and city. Education, information and fun is the key.
“This year we have an amazing Shearing Hub in The Ram Shed, up close with baby animals, virtual reality farming with Think Digital Technology”
This year recognition of the impact of drought and the opportunity to assist those affected forms a major part of the display.
BAPS has aligned with Drought Angels, a not for profit organisation and all proceeds raised will go directly to the Australian Farmers.
“Money for assistance is the biggest help to the farmers so donating and buying a star to get your name up on our Honour Board Located in The Ram Shed beside the Shearing Hub,” Mrs Quartermain said.
The idea came from a conversation between BAPS president Geoff Fisken and Mrs Quartermain, becoming the launching pad for the idea.
“This is close to both Geoff’s and my hearts. He is off the land and has many friends affected by drought and for me I am from a drought affected region in NSW,” she said.
A massive honour board forms part of a shearing hub and is surrounded by hundreds of photos of agriculture submitted through a Facebook competition that attracted hundreds of entries.
Mrs Quartermain said show goers could purchase a star to have their name up on the wall as a valued supporter of Drought Angels.
Mr Fisken said the society had focused on a show that celebrated agriculture and community
“We also appreciate the support we have gained from the community and many businesses who have jumped on board either with sponsorship or offering support and taking up trade,” he said.
The winners of the photographic competition were:
Kara Nunn - Shearing Shed
Jacinta Jolly - Kelpie dog on sheep
Lauren Hancock - Kid on John Deere feeding sheep
Tim Molloy - lambs around a tree
Emilie Ciopicz - Canola, water and mountains