Horsham Agricultural Society's young leadership team

HORSHAM Agricultural Society’s youngest-ever president hopes to engage the community and encouraged people to attend events at the city’s showground.

Dalton Cross, 22, was appointed into the role at the society’s annual general meeting last week.

Mr Cross has been on the committee since he was 18.

He has been involved with the Horsham Show since he was 12, running the animal nursery.

Mr Cross was also Horsham’s young citizen of the year this year.

He said he was pleased to be nominated for the agricultural society role.

“It’s a great honour to follow in the footsteps of the past presidents,” he said.

Working alongside Mr Cross will be vice-president Leigh McGennisken, also 22.

The young team is rounded off by junior vice-president is Nick Zordan, 31.

Mr Zordan is a former Longerenong College student and an agronomist.

Mr Cross said he had big plans for the society over the next year as president.

“I just want to bring some enjoyment to the society,” he said.

“I want to get more youth involved and get some more community involvement at the showground.

“It’s not just a showground, it’s a community area.”

Mr Cross said the society was working on a few projects set to launch this year that would be revealed when plans were finalised.

He said he was looking forward to working in such a young leadership team.

“It’s good to have young ideas,” he said.

“It’s also good to have older people in the committee who have been here longer than we have.

“Some past presidents are still on board as members and they are willing to help out, no one shuts down any ideas – it’s very positive.

“The mix is perfect.”

Outgoing agricultural society president is Peter Jackman.

The society will be supporting the Women of Farms Gathering event at Hopetoun this month by running a bus to the event from the showground on March 20.

Of the society’s major events, the Horsham Show, will be on Sunday September 25 this year.

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