Since we've just announced our 2015 Show Personality, it seemed only logical to take a look back at the inception of the award and it's winners over the past 13 years.
Created in 2002 under the presidency of Eric Dudley, it was decided the honour would be given to one of the many life members for the inaugural year.
Wynne Hawkins was elected and presented with the award at the Finley Showtime Ball, and his task was to preside over all the activities which had been scheduled for the week leading up to the show and including Show Day.
In 2003, six nominations were received and Wynne passed the honour onto Ken Gardiner.
While the decision on who shall be awarded the title of Show Personality is in the hands of the committee, nominations were also received from the community as to who they thought would be best to help promote the show.
In 2004, Ken handed over the task of promoting the show and attending pre-show activities, which included the judging of colouring, gardening and stock competitions. This year, the honour was given to Life Member Gordon Pyle.
2005 saw Rand Wilson bestowed with the honour, noting the rather big boots he would have to fill after the ever popular Gordon.
Another Life Member received the honour in 2006, with Rand passing the baton onto John Close.
John Close then passed the medallion onto Joyce Yeo in 2007, who commented on having been going to the show for the past 75 years.
The following year, in 2008, Joyce handed over the reigns to another lady who had been involved with the show for over 56 years, Mary Dawe.
In 2009, President Keith Kennedy surprised Alex Brain when he awarded him with the Show Personality medallion. Alex, who had been asked to assist Mary to the podem, laughed at Keith's cunningness at giving him the award.
Past President Gordon Close was passed the task at promoting the show from Mary Dawe in 2010.
In 2011, Gordon handed the medallion over to David Webb, who was honoured to be given the role of Show Personality.
Seven years after her husband received the Show Personality honour, Lesley Wilson was handed the medallion in 2012. Upon receiving the award, she shared a story about her first Finley Show.
In 2013, Life Member Wilfred Lowrie became Show Personality, which came as a surprise to the hardworker who pitches in every year to get the grounds ready for the show - "I was quite surprised really. I just like helping out."
It seemed only fair that Wilfred passed the honour onto fellow Life Member Col Taylor in 2014, as it seems you can't have one man without the other when it comes to working bees.
And of course, Col was given the honour this year of passing the role of Show Personality onto Sue Arnold, who was extremely surprised and honoured to be given the award and to be following in the footsteps of all the wonderful people mentioned above.
We thank everyone who has been named a Show Personality for the work they have done for the Finley Show over the years.
With our 100th show in 2017, we are looking at expanding our historic archives in order to produce a grand display, and for publication.
In order to do this, we need the help of the community.
We are looking for:
We want to share the history of the Finley Agricultural & Pastoral Association, as well as Finley in general, with the community through possible publication. In order to do this and make it the best it can be, we need the support of the community in helping us gather as much history as possible.
Help us record our local history in order to preserve it for future generations.