HALLS GAP - Halls Gap will this year be without its annual wildflower show for the first time in 75 years.
The organising committee has lost several members for a variety of reasons, but is hopeful new people will step up to replace them over the next 12 months.
Margo Sietsma said after seventy-five years of celebrating the unique Grampians flowers it was an appropriate time to have a rest and totally rethink the show.
"Our 75th show last year was celebrated with historical features and giant textured flowers crafted by local children and adults," she said.
"The response from the public was again enthusiastic and appreciative which has made decision making about the wildflower show's future all the more difficult.
"Visitors from near and far have travelled to Halls Gap for all those years to enjoy and learn about Grampians wildflowers."
The show has changed and evolved over time and the hall has always been full of named flowers with experts on hand to answer any questions from interested .
The event has also been the perfect chance for artists to showcase an extensive display of drawings and photographs.
More recently, tours have gone out to view the flowers in situation, and children have been particularly catered for.
Ms Sietsma said with many of the members nearing retirement, a fresh approach with a younger generation of volunteering their time was now needed.
"It is so enjoyable to organise, but so much work too, many of the current committee want to retire - not that any of us have been involved for 75 years, but sometimes it feels like it," she said.
"Without new people being involved, bringing new ideas and new energy to make it both easier to present and more appealing to the current generation of Grampians visitors, then sadly, the 75th Wildflower Show may have been the last one."
Ms Sietsma said the future of the show is in the peoples' hands.
"We want a committee with ideas for the future. I would love for it to come back perhaps in a different format," she said.
Art galleries in Halls Gap will this year have leaflets with information about where people can both walk and drive to look at the flowers.
Anyone who would like to become involved in the organising committee to ensure the event has a future can contact Margo Sietsma 5356 4524 or 0429 101 139.