The Queensland Shows Awards serve to recognise excellence in the agricultural show movement and are an initiative of the Next Generation Committee. 

The Queensland Show Awards serve to acknowledge the contributions of not just the show societies and events hosted, but the people whose tireless efforts embody what the agricultural show movement is all about. 

They encourage teams and individuals to innovate and maintain their commitment to achieving excellence.  

The Awards will announced during the Queensland Ag Shows Gala Dinner on Saturday 20th March 2021 at the Roma Explorers Inn to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Queensland Ag Shows Annual General Meeting (Roma Showgrounds).

The awards are a superb opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate with our peers and thanks to the generous support of Sandstream Etching, the QSAs will be celebrated with beautiful trophies to recognise the awardees.

To nominate for any of the three categories of the Queensland Shows Awards, simply download the attached document, fill out the required information and forward to nextgen@queenslandshows.com.au.


Best innovation in a local event:

This award is for innovation in a local event hosted by a QCAS affiliated show society. The element could include anything from a new entertainment item to innovative social media campaigns, data gathering and registration services to any other innovation which you feel has taken a local event experience to a new level.

Outstanding individual contribution:

This award acknowledges an individual who has made an outstanding contribution or achievement within one of Queensland’s 127 agricultural show societies.
Their work may have been to assist individuals or groups, or to develop competitions or programs to assist the society and their general community in which they operate.

Emerging leader: 

This award acknowledges an individual who has, through their attitude and efforts within at least one of Queensland’s 127 agricultural show societies, demonstrated they are an emerging leader in the show movement.  Their work may have been to assist individuals or groups, or to develop competitions or programs to assist the society and their general community in which they operate.


2020 Queensland Show Awards 

QLD Ag Shows recognises unsung heroes at annual Gala Dinner The Queensland Shows Awards celebrated the dedication and innovation of Queensland Ag Show volunteers from across the state at the weekend. Six runners-up and winners, from a pool of 18 nominees were announced at the annual Queensland Ag Shows Gala Dinner on Saturday 14 March, hosted by the Queensland Ag Shows Next Generation Committee. Judged by an independent panel, including Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) CEO, Brendan Christou; 2019 National Rural Ambassador, Harris Thompson and Chair of Agricultural Shows of Australia (ASA), Dr Rob Wilson.

Winners and Runners-Up included:

Emerging leader Winner – Amy Palmer, Cunnamulla Show Society Runner-up – Amanda Riehl, Pittsworth Show Society Best Innovation in a Local Event Winner – Dayboro Show Society Kids’ Zone & Agri Education Pavilion Runner-up – Pittsworth Show Active Volunteers Program Outstanding Individual Contribution Winner – Katherine Raymont, Gatton Show Runner-up – Barbara Mapp, Redcliffe Show.

Dr Rob Wilson congratulated all nominees. “These categories reflect and recognise the very best of the huge contribution that individuals, volunteers and the community undertake at their local shows and which may continue for many years, or indeed for some, a lifetime,” he said. “It is encouraging that organisations such as Queensland Ag Shows and the Next Generation Committee recognise the value in supporting these awards and provide a showcase for the wider community to acknowledge and celebrate these important and lasting contribution to the show movement.”

The event followed the QAS annual general meeting, which was held in Rockhampton for the first time. Queensland Ag Shows Next Generation Committee President, Kaitlyn Murphy said she was impressed by the number and quality of nominations. “We are proud to host these awards and are inspired by the stories and innovations of the outstanding nominees who are contributing to their communities and Queensland’s 127 local agricultural shows in a big, lasting way”.

Nominees (alphabetical order): Outstanding Individual Contribution Barbara Mapp, Redcliffe Show Barry Wait, Monto Show Donna Reynolds, Charleville Show Jan Anderson, Cairns Show Katherine Raymont, Gatton Show Marilyn White, Pittsworth Show Miriam Newman, Gin Gin Show Nicole Seymour-Smith, Dalby Show Innovation in a Local Event Dayboro Kids’ Zone & Agri Education Pavilion Esk Show Camp & Jam Pittsworth Show Active Volunteers Program Rockhampton Show App Texas Show Christmas Markets Emerging Leader Amanda Riehl, Pittsworth Show Amy Palmer, Cunnamulla Show Emma Milne, Laidley Show Gerald Youles, Gatton Show Korrina Nelson, Marburg & Boonah Shows

Short winner bios:

Katherine Raymont, Gatton Show – Outstanding Individual Contribution – Katherine Raymont has been a member of the Gatton Show Society since early 1970’s. In her 50 years of voluntary service Katherine has had many different roles, each one fulfilled with the utmost professionalism. From her beginning as a steward in the cookery and dairy sections, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President for a number of years and in 2018 became only the second female President of the Gatton Show Society. Katherine was also awarded life membership in 1999. She has been a steward in the Cookery Section since 1980 and continues to steward today. She was a Dairy steward until 1987, becoming Chief Steward of Dairy in 1988. Since the inception of the Qld Dairy Showcase, Katherine has continued in the role as Chief Steward as a key pillar to its success. In 2019, The Qld Dairy Showcase celebrated their 10th Anniversary, hosting the largest dairy show in Queensland (exceeding the RNA) and the largest showing of Illawarra cattle in Australia.

Dayboro Kids’ Zone & Agri Education Pavilion – Best Innovation in a Local Event The Dayboro Show Kids’ Zone was initiated to refresh and renew the Show, creating a space for young children to roam free and be entertained. At no cost, visitors can enjoy puppet shows, storytelling, trail bike shows, a sandpit with toys, face painting and an animal farm display showing local residents own animals. Building on the success of the Kid’s Zone, the Agri Education Pavilion was developed to engage and educate the show’s growing number of patrons from the city who might not have had any connection with, or knowledge of, food and fibre production. Launching fully at the 2019 Show, the interactive pavilion features grain, horticulture, timber, cotton, wool, hay, dairy, nut and meat displays. Visitors are also given small sample bags of oat and cotton seeds and kangaroo fur to take home. The pavilion has become a travelling attraction after being invited to attend the Gatton and Pine Rivers Shows in 2019.

Amy Palmer, Cunnamulla Show – Emerging Leader Amy Palmer (nee McKenzie) grew up in the Glenmorgan and Dirranbandi districts with her family, moving to Cunnamulla in 2001. Amy’s first foray into Queensland’s agricultural show societies was winning Cunnamulla & District Show Society’s Miss Showgirl in 2011. Amy has remained involved in the Cunnamulla & District Show Society, being the Miss Showgirl coordinator since 2011, and has represented Cunnamulla at the South West Queensland Show meetings and at the Queensland Show Conference where she spoke about the Cunnamulla Show improvements and how this has increased crowd attendance. Amy became Secretary of the Cunnamulla & District Show Society in 2015 and maintained this role until her election as President at the end of 2019.






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