Show committee welcomes back passionate chairman for 2015
WHEN John Wilson was asked to take on the position of show committee chairman, he knew what he was letting himself in for.
"I was on the management committee for 10 years, seven of those years as show committee chairman - so no, it's not something I came into blindly," he said.
Mr Wilson also served two terms as Warwick Show and Rodeo Society President before he stood down from the management committee and all those years of experience were evident when he chaired the first show committee meeting leading up to the 2015 Warwick Show.
"We had a turnout of stewards from most of the show sections and their enthusiasm to make the next show the best ever was very heartening," Mr Wilson said.
"New ideas came from throughout the room, ideas which we will consider, refine and implement to ensure our next show is an outstanding one.
"Our plan is to fill gaps in the three-day program with entertainment designed to make people want to be here and then stay as long as they like what's happening.
"Already our Friday night entertainment program is renowned throughout the region, thanks especially to the stewards, Greg Carey and John Maher, however we want to continue the entertainment further into the show and make the Saturday afternoon and evening program just as exciting."
Some of those plans already in place include a three-day showjumping competition, an expanded heavy horse program, having the pavilion open until Sunday lunchtime and mobile entertainers around the grounds.
"We are aware some of the pavilion exhibits such as the flowers will expire before Sunday, especially as they are judged on the Thursday so stewards suggested we photograph the entries and display them later in the show so people get to see what they looked like at their best," Mr Wilson said.
"To my knowledge, it hasn't been done before so we'll see how it looks and I think people will appreciate the effort."