A term that has been used to describe agricultural shows is 'a shop window of the district.' The description appeared a lot in newspaper articles during the 1970s-1990s, but the first time it was used to describe the Finley Show was way back in 1938, after the success of the 25th annual show.
Here is a piece written for the Southern Riverina News by then President Mr Gordon Pyle in August 1979:
Your Local Agricultural Show is a ‘shop window’ for the district’s produce and stock
Agricultural shows have been a integral part of the rural area since the early days of settlement. Many shows have celebrated their centenaries.
Surprisingly perhaps, when so much has changed, the “Local Show” still retains its character and popularity. Its dominant role is to act as a “shop window” for the district – to publicise all facets of the areas primary action, commerce and industry, arts and crafts – all and every facet of rural living.
The show provides a venue for comparison, by bringing together exhibits and exhibitors.
It provides a spectacle, highlighted by the ring events. In this regard it ranks high by any standard. It provides a carnival atmosphere – a day out for the whole family.
But above all, each country show has its own atmosphere – an intangible something that has nothing to do with size or wealth – very often a small show has greater measure of this elusive quality than its bigger counterparts.
Your local show is a good example of community involvement. It succeeds or fails in direct proportion to the effort expended by the local community. The committee feels it has left no stone unturned to make this year’s show a success – in this we have been supported and of course by the media
To keep your Shop Window on display, we need your support as spectators.
See you are Your Show.
In 2017, this statement still accurately describes our agricultural shows, and we hope that you continue to support us and your Shop Window.
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.