FARMERS in the Tweed have an extra incentive to attend the annual Murwillumbah show this Friday and Saturday when for the first time, the Tweed Shire Farmer of the Year will be announced.
The special feature was introduced in recognition of this year's Australian Year of the Farmer, which was launched to celebrate the connections between rural and urban Australia.
Tweed River Agricultural Society vice president Allan Brown said the farmer of the year event recognised the contributions and importance of farmers to the community.
"Agriculture is still the backbone of the Tweed," Mr Brown said.
Show secretary Helen Grippo said although preparations were underway and progressing, organisers had to deal with significantly increased costs and hoped visitors would donate a gold coin upon entry into the free event.
"If visitors donate a gold coin, we'll be able to keep the entry free but if they don't, that might not be the case in the future," Ms Grippo said.
Ms Grippo also called on residents to volunteer some of their time and help organisers prepare the ground for the weekend.
"The people we have here now are a fantastic group of people and they are here because they want to be here.
"However, our members and current volunteers have been here for many years and some of them are getting on.
"We'd like to see some young fit guys volunteer and help with some of the heavy lifting," Ms Grippo said.
Highlights of this year's event include the announcement of the showgirl of the year, the farmer of the year, the ute and bike show, the motorcycle and bicycle stunt show and the traditional fireworks show on Saturday evening.
"It all seems to be coming together and even some rain in the coming days won't spoil the fun," Ms Grippo said.
More details on the society's website.