Port Elliot Show requires volunteers for the 2019 event

REWARDING: Sue Thomas has been a volunteer at the Port Elliot Show for 10 years.
REWARDING: Sue Thomas has been a volunteer at the Port Elliot Show for 10 years.

The Port Elliot Show is one of the big events on the Fleurieu Peninsula calendar and certainly has the richest history.

It has evolved over the years and now it needs help from the community to keep it going.

Volunteering is such an important aspect for the success of any community organisation whether it be a sporting, charity or community club or even a festival, event or regional show.

So many clubs and events are supported by bands of volunteers who give hundreds of hours of time and energy to ensure the successful continuation of that event or organisation.

The Port Elliot Show Society is looking for volunteers to help out before and during this year's show which will be held on the weekend of October 12 and 13 at the Port Elliot Show Grounds.

This year the Southern Agricultural Society will stage its 141st Port Elliot Show and it promises to be a big one.

The annual show is steeped in history and it is important that the popular event continues as it provides many benefits to this region.

For potential volunteers, it may be that you are only available over the show weekend, or for a day to help set-up exhibit areas or, perhaps just a few hours to assist with the hundreds of tasks that are required to stage such a large event.

There is no age barrier or specific qualifications required for volunteers.

It's just a matter of giving some of your time at your convenience to help out and be involved in this prestigious and long running event.

Co-ordinator of the Indoor Exhibits Section of the Port Elliot Show Sue Thomas has been a volunteer at the show for 10 years and despite working full time at the busy Victor Harbor RAA headquarters in Ocean Street, Sue is joint vice-president and still manages to put in many, many hours of work and organising for the Port Elliot Show.

Sue said being a volunteer at the show was very rewarding, as you are doing something positive for the Fleurieu Peninsula and helping with an event that is the true fabric of the community.

"Being a volunteer for the Port Elliot show offers numerous rewards including meeting new people from different areas and backgrounds and being a part of the 'show family'," Sue said.

"I love being involved and as indoor exhibits co-ordinator, I have met other conveners and stewards who, over the years have become genuine friends.

"In my area there are so many different sections that volunteers can become involved in and it's just a matter of how much time one can give to support the event."

If you think you would like to give a little of your time this year to help out at the Port Elliot Show in some capacity, albeit setting up, decorating, preparing the pavilions, or assisting the conveners and organisers before during and after the event, contact the secretary of the Port Elliot Show Gayle Garrett on 0419 494 275 or email secretary@portelliotshow.com.au