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Maleny showgirl gets by with a little help from her friends

Learning early at the Small Farmers Tent
Learning early how to become self-sufficient farmers thanks to the Small Farmers Tent (picture courtesy of the Maleny Show Society).

Despite moving from the Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba and then Charleville in western Queensland two years ago, Jess Wild is still a Maleny showgirl at heart.

Her ongoing efforts to support the popular annual event were recognised at this year's Queensland Show Awards where she won the inaugural award for outstanding contribution by an individual for the Small Farmers Tent program.

The department is pleased to have played its part in the program's continued success with a contribution of $11,262 to the Maleny Show Society under its Show Societies Grant Program.

The funding has been used to purchase an all-weather marquee, provide professional sound and audio assistance and to build safe and sanitary shelters for the animals on display.

Mother-of-two Jess was instrumental in helping to set up the Small Farmers Tent two years ago to help showgoers, especially children, learn how to become a backyard farmer.

With a background in the hospitality industry and a 70-year family association with the Maleny Show, Jess saw an opportunity for farmers and local suppliers to provide information and hands-on demonstrations celebrating how to 'farm it, grow it, raise it, cook it, make it and show it.'

With the increasing popularity of the Small Farmers Tent, showgoers can learn about everything from milk production involving camels, goats, buffalos and cows to poultry and eggs, beekeeping, orcharding, cheesemaking and how to raise sheep and pigs.

A highlight of the children's activities includes interacting with local children who build and sell chicken coops, breed prize-winning chickens and provide DIY seedlings to take home.

As dedicated as ever to the show, you can meet Jess and visit the Small Farmers Tent at the Maleny Show which is held at the end of May each year.

Getting hands-on experience and help from farmers and local suppliers
Getting some hands-on experience and help from farmers and local suppliers at the Small Farmers Tent (picture courtesy of the Maleny Show Society).