STANTHORPE Show Society is working to make sure the 2013 show is the best ever with new country show experiences.
As well as a variety of new competition categories and sponsors, a special addition to this year's show will be aimed at the youngest show goers.
Make and Play is a free family activity centre where children can make art and craft, play games, listen to stories, interact with puppets and be amazed by a magician.
Make and Play artist co-ordinator Daniel Laws said the principle behind the activity centre was to offer children and their parents experiences beyond the usual show bags and rides.
"Often people's show experiences revolve around how much money they spent and what rides they went on," he said.
"Rather than asking each other how much money they spent at the show, we want people to be asking each other what you did at the show.
"We want children to take away things they made and experiences they enjoyed and mum and dad can join in or just enjoy the shade while our artists help the kids create something to remind them of their time at the show."
The Make and Play tent will open from 9am-5pm on February 1-2 and there will also be an under-18s music and movie night in the Ringside Marquee from 7pm on February 1.
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