The Kiama Show Society has heard the community feedback and will operate their own food stall to help ensure the event’s viability.
The 169th annual Kiama Show will take place on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 at Kiama Showground.
The stall will operate at the show, and has the working title of the ‘Olde Worlde Pie Shoppe’.
“This year we decided to utilise the rugby union canteen and sell pies, sausage rolls, cold drinks and fruit at the show,” the Show Society’s sponsorship co-ordinator David Young said.
Any proceeds will go directly to the Show Society.
“The reason behind this is just another revenue stream for the Show Society,” Mr Young said.
“Each year it’s getting harder and harder as far as attracting sponsorship.
“We’re also so weather dependent on gate sales.
“It’s just trying to come up with other streams of income that can support us financially so we can continue to put Kiama on show.”
Mr Young, a former Show Society president, said the society was a not-for-profit organisation.
“All the money that we raise from the show goes toward putting the show on from year to year, buying equipment and so forth.
“So it is getting harder, and with the weather, so much of the show is outdoors, (so) if it rains for both days it’s a real financial strain on the organisation.
“The idea of the Pie Shoppe is also because we listen to feedback, and the feedback has been at times that there’s not enough variety as far as food stalls in the show.
“So this is one way we can help solve that problem.”
Mr Young therefore encouraged the public to turn out in large numbers for this year’s show and help continue the long-time tradition.
“The best way that the community can support the show is to come to the show,” he said.
“It is about putting our community on show and displaying all the gifts and talents that we have within our community.
“Our community has changed so much over the past ten to 20 years.
“The rural flavour that we have, the amount of dairy farmers that we have, it’s changed.
“So it’s making sure that we move with the times, so that what we’re putting on show is attractive to the whole community.”
Gates open at 10am daily.