For the past 12 months the Launceston Show has been subject to criticism and suggestions for improvement.
Many comments, which have appeared via social media and this opinion section, has called for the show to be saved, but at the same time people have refused to attend.
This is a frustrating response, but one that we often see in society.
When something doesn’t meet expectations, the public choose to vote with their feet. We see this when businesses are boycotted because of service or products.
This behaviour is often witnessed during an election.
When voters are disengaged or disenchanted, debates are often started around whether a true democracy is one that involved compulsory voting or if the vote “even matters”.
But the focus should be on actions and not just results.
Choosing to not participate doesn’t always offer improvement.
In relation to the show, participation is key to be able to pass on feedback to continue to improve the event.
By all accounts, this has been a key component in creating the show for 2018.
Now, price will always be a sticky point for patrons. This year entry has been reduced significantly – $10 for an adult, $5 for children aged 5-15 or $30 for a family.
This is $5 cheaper for adults and families, compared to the recent Burnie Show and $10 cheaper for families compared to the Royal Hobart Show early bird tickets.
Compare Launceston Show prices to attending the movies, it’s reasonably priced once you add in a ride or two and some food.
Moving on from price, it’s the gathering of the community that the show is all about. It’s deeply rooted in our agricultural and rural history.
It’s the tradition involving the home industries and getting up close to the baby animals of spring.
Let’s give the show a chance to redeem itself.
To rebuild and tweak the program so that the event can continue into the future.