Welcome to the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies Inc. (QCAS)
Agricultural shows in Australia have proved to be remarkably resilient. Over the year’s theme parks and events such as fairs, fetes, festivals and sporting events have increased. Despite this, Agricultural Shows still attract sponsors, exhibitors and competitors and many families who want to let their children experience the tradition of the local show. Given the size of Australia and number of shows held across the country, the show movement offers great breadth and diversity in terms of the size of each event and the area’s primary industry, competitive and cultural experiences offered to visitors and stakeholders.
Across Queensland there are 129 Agricultural/Show Societies ranging from very small local events with community populations of 300 or less to large multi-day extravaganzas such as the famous Ekka and the Toowoomba Royal Show and regional shows such as Cairns and Rockhampton. Agricultural Shows have been a part of the Australian culture since 1822 engaging, educating and entertaining the community. Agricultural Shows are strongly connected to local communities through volunteerism and the educational, competitive and cultural experiences they provide.
Queensland agricultural shows have increased their visitors numbers by 13.7% over the past three years (2012).
Membership and your opportunity to Volunteer
13,538 people volunteered at a local agricultural show in Queensland in 2012 = $84million value to the Queensland economy. Do you want to increase the number?
To find out how you can be involved, explore the option in the get involved section of the website.
Social and Economic Impact Study of Australian Agricultural Shows
- 587 agricultural shows in Australia
- 5.9 million visitors to Australia Shows in 2011 = $965million is the minimum estimated economic impact of agricultural shows in Australia