Roma Show: Father and son dedicated to the Society
HAVING spent countless hours of his youth helping his dad set up tents and displays for the Roma Show, Samuel Clark is now proud to be involved in his own right.
The 27-year-old is following in his father Allen Clark’s footsteps as a member of the Roma Show Society’s Executive Committee and has been the Machinery Alley Steward since 2015.
“One of the main reasons I joined the society was so that we don’t lose the great tradition that is the Roma Show,” he said.
“So that kids and families can make great memories, like the ones I had from my childhood.”
Sam said being involved with the Roma Show was a fantastic opportunity and he enjoyed seeing the show come to fruition each year.
“It is so satisfying to see the work that you do transform into something for people to enjoy,” he said.
Allen, a patron of the Roma Show Society and member since 1958, is proud to have passed on his passion and commitment to his son.
The long-time local became involved when Rod Henzell asked him to lend a hand with the sheep section.
“At that time the show grounds were opposite the hospital, and Bassett Park was still vineyards,” Allen said.
A few years later, the 1963 Show proved unforgettable when pouring rain caused chaos.
“I had to spend the whole day ferrying the stud sheep from the bitumen road in front of the hospital just 100 metres to the Sheep Pavilion for the competitors,” Allen said.
Other fond memories from over the years include flying light aeroplanes into the grounds as a stand-alone display and another year, putting together an entire fashion parade based on mohair.
Following many years of involvement, Allen was serving as Roma Show Society President during the 100 year celebrations.
“To mark the occasion we dressed in traditional turn of the century costume, 30 years later it is great to see all the new faces in the current show committee who keep the traditions of the Roma Agricultural Show alive,” he said.