"Stronger Together, Building Resilient Adaptable Shows"

Conference Wrap Up

More than 260 people descended on the Gold Coast for three days from 17 to 19 January 2020 for the Agricultural Shows of Australia Inaugural Conference to celebrate and share ideas on the future of agricultural shows across Australia and New Zealand, almost 200 years since the first Australian agricultural show was held.

Featuring International Association of Fairs and Expositions president and CEO, Marla Calico as the keynote speaker, the Agricultural Shows of Australia Inaugural Conference program theme was, Stronger Together, Building Resilient, Adaptable Shows.

ASA chairman Dr Rob Wilson said the event, which was hosted by the Queensland Ag Shows Next Generation Committee, highlighted the importance of shows and the thirst for knowledge among the show community.

“With more than 580 agricultural shows and 50,000 volunteers across the country the movement is worth $965 million, annually to the Australian economy,” he said.

“We had delegates from every state and territory in Australia in attendance, who will take home to their local shows information to help them be sustainable and adapt to changing conditions, communities and consumer attitudes.”

The Qld Ag Shows Next Generation Committee was honoured to host the first ASA conference and very proud that ASA chose our committee to partner with.

The program was carefully curated to make show members sit up and take notice so they walk away inspired to innovate and implement new ideas. The Next Gen committee also benefited by leaving the Conference energised and equipped with the tools to continue the show tradition into the new decade.

Marla Calico said in her presentation that ‘shows change lives’, which is certainly true for any of the people who attended the Conference. The weekend events were an example of what can be achieved through the opportunities the show movement provides.

If you were unable to attend the ASA Inaugural conference, or you missed a session, fear not! We have uploaded the conference presentations to the ASA website. To access, click on the green button below. You will be prompted to enter a password which is: 2020