Fifty years of show service
DOROTHY Rubie is a familiar face at the Allora Show.
This year's show marked the 50th for Dorothy, who started out as a steward in the school work section of the pavilion back in 1964 and is now an honorary life member of the Allora Show Society.
She has seen a lot of changes over half a century, but still loves this time of year and enjoys working for her local community.
I love the people I meet, the volunteers I work with and the old friends I catch up with each year.
Moving to Allora in 1962, Dorothy became involved in the Allora Show two years later, and has been a tireless volunteer for the show society ever since.
"I was a steward for the schoolwork with the late Mr and Mrs Charlie Tickle, and worked in that section for about eight years, before moving into the ring office," Dorothy said. She hasn't missed a year since, and recalls the first ring office which was located under the announcer's box. The current ring office is luxury in comparison.
"We did have a campdraft at the show up until a few years ago, but it outgrew us really," she said. "The Allora Campdraft Association run it as a separate event nowadays, but still in conjunction with us."
Dorothy said she enjoyed everything about the Allora Show.
"I love the people I meet, the volunteers I work with and the old friends I catch up with each year."
Dorothy puts in long days over the show weekend, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Dorothy's work starts well before the show gets underway. She devotes many hours preparing for the show and is busy writing up all the prize envelopes and judges booklets for each of the local riding classes, hack classes, led classes, and showjumping.
And the Allora Show Society is not the only organisation that has benefitted from Dorothy's help. She is currently the treasurer of the Allora Red Cross, and secretary of the Warwick War Widows. Dorothy also belongs to the Legacy organisation in Warwick and is the co-ordinator of the Allora Meals on Wheels.