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Rockhampton Show will include a Youth produce Display competition


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Dominic Doblo, Doblo's Farmers Market, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Councillor Ellen Smith are happy to promote the youth produce display competition.

Dominic Doblo, Doblo's Farmers Market, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow and Councillor Ellen Smith are happy to promote the youth produce display competition.

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School-age children have been invited to develop fruit, veggie and produce displays for the Rockhampton Show

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A TRIP down memory lane might lead from the Rockhampton Show from June 12-14 to Brisbane and later to a career in agriculture.

Well, at least that's the thought behind plans for a Youth Produce Display Competition at the show, which offers winning prizemoney and a sponsored trip to the Ekka in August for the Youth in Agriculture quest.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the local competition presented a "great opportunity" for youth groups and organisations to participate in a real team-building activity.

"There are a maximum of eight groups who can enter the show - so get in quick," Cr Strelow said.

"Groups that enter the competition will create large produce displays made from fruit, vegetables, grasses, grains, and sugarcane.

"These are impressive displays that can take weeks to design and hours to put together. Every piece of produce used in each display is judged as well, which means using only the best of the best."

Cr Ellen Smith is forecasting a bright and colourful addition to the show program courtesy of the competition. As well, she said it would help recapture the past.

"In years gone by it was a pleasure to see these displays and we're hoping to bring that feel back," Cr Smith said.

More importantly, competition sponsor Dominic Doblo, Doblo's Farmers Market, has his fingers crossed the involvement of teenagers will plant career-defining seeds.

"Council is leading the way in putting together a great show this year, and I think it's really important for the whole community to get behind it," Mr Doblo said.

"I am very happy to support the Youth Produce Display Competition. It's a great event that really brings the younger generation into farming."

The Youth Produce Competition is open to youth groups, church youth groups, schools and colleges. Exhibits must be designed and constructed by 13 to 18-year-olds.

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