New Tanunda pavilion named after 'Mr Tanuna Show': Rex Starick

LEGEND: Rex Starick receiving the 'Legend Award' at the 2006 Central Districts Show Association annual dinner.

LEGEND: Rex Starick receiving the 'Legend Award' at the 2006 Central Districts Show Association annual dinner.

For more than 60 years there was one name that was synonymous with the Tanunda Show and its long-running pigeon section.

That name was Rex Starick.

Through his dedication and commitment to promoting the Tanunda Show Society, Mr Starick became known to many local people simply as 'Mr Tanunda Show'.

Mr Starick has since passed away, but the current Tanunda Show committee has organised to have their brand new pigeon/poultry pavilion named in his honour and memory.

On Tuesday, February 18, the Barossa Council agreed to a request by the show committee to erect a sign on the newly constructed and named 'Rex Starick Pavillion'.

Tanunda Show Secretary Debbie Miles said it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate and remember Mr Starick's many contributions.

"We just thought it was a good way of honouring and volunteering for the show that he did," she said.

"He would be so proud to see this new facility - although he would probably be a bit angry that we have not had pigeon section for three years."

Mr Starick's involvement in the Pigeons' section of the show began at a young age, more than 60 years ago.

His father was the then convener of the pigeons' section and Rex assisted him as steward from 1960-1985.

He then took over from his father as convener of the pigeon section and held that role for 20 years, 1986 to 2006.

He was a proud committee member between 1969 to 1997 and 2000 to 2006. He held the title of vice president between 1998 and 2006.

Mr Starick was awarded life membership of the Tanunda show in 1986.

In 2006 he was awarded the Centrals Districts Show Association's prestigious 'Legend Award', for his services to the Tanunda Show.

"He was just so widely known and his passion was obviously with pigeons because he worked with his dad as a young man, stewarding with him," show secretary Debbie Miles said.

"Rex was a thinker, he would think things through and come up with some brilliant ideas.

"He was someone that wanted to nurture the young people and try to get them involved in the show because saw that the for the future of the show it was important to get young people involved.

"He was just a really lovely gentleman.

The Tanunda Show hall is in the middle of a $1.5m redevelopment to replace and upgrade an ageing roof, stage, kitchen, toilets and install new pigeon/poultry sheds, storage and meeting rooms.

The 107th Tanunda Show will be held on March 14.

HONOURED: Tanunda Show Society secretary Debbie Miles has organised for the signage on the new pigeon/poultry pavillion to honour Mr Starick's work.

HONOURED: Tanunda Show Society secretary Debbie Miles has organised for the signage on the new pigeon/poultry pavillion to honour Mr Starick's work.