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New Horsham Agricultural Society president calls for support

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Dalton Cross, 22, is Horsham Agricultural Society’s new president. Mr Cross is part of the society’s new, youth-led executive. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Dalton Cross, 22, is Horsham Agricultural Society’s new president. Mr Cross is part of the society’s new, youth-led executive. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

By SARAH SCULLY

Horsham Agricultural Society’s new president Dalton Cross has implored Horsham and district residents to take ownership of one of the community’s biggest assets.

“I don’t want people looking at the showground and thinking, oh that’s where Horsham Show is,” Mr Cross said.

“I don’t want it to be seen as a place that gets used once a year. I want people in the community to start taking ownership of it and to use it for their events.”

Mr Cross said a new community garden, launched at the showground last week, was an exciting step in that direction.

Students from St Brigid’s College and Ss Michael and John’s Primary School are leading the project, which focuses on youth becoming involved in the community.

Youth was also a feature of the society’s annual meeting late last month, which signified a changing of the guard.

At 22, Mr Cross is the society’s youngest president.

“Our vice-president Leigh McGennisken is also 22, my brother Dustin, 19, is also on the committee, and our junior vice-president Nick Zordan is 31,” he said. “It’s exciting being elected president, but I’m nervous at the same time.

“Because you are so young you feel like the old blokes know it all, but then you have been put in the role by those blokes, so obviously they have faith in you that you can do it.

“They are still on the committee, so there are plenty of people we can ask for help if we need it – but at the same time it is great to put some of our own ideas forward.”

Mr Cross was vice-president in 2015 and took over the top job from Peter Jackman.

Mr Cross, who is this year’s Horsham Young Citizen of the Year, started helping with Horsham Show’s animal nursery when he was 12.

He took over running the nursery a year or two later and has continued to volunteer his services to the society.

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Posted on Mar 9 2016

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