Burglars have smashed into the Dubbo Show Society office in the lead-up to its busiest season, coming up empty-handed but leaving damage to fix.
Police are investigating after unknown persons forced entry into the not-for-profit organisation's premises within the city's showground shortly before 2am on Tuesday.
Nothing was stolen, but the office windows and the till had been damaged, show society secretary Sue Hood said.
"They couldn't get it [the till] open, but there's no money in it anyway, we don't keep money on the premises," she said.
The organisation is working hard on staging this year's Dubbo Show, and Mrs Hood says it is "disappointing" to have the break-in.
"We're a volunteer organisation and it's a not-for-profit," she said.
"I had to get [vice president] Marty Morris out at half-past two in the morning, and he's a volunteer, to come and board the window up so we could turn the alarm back on and go home, but we didn't get [away] to about half-past four."
"So this is what our volunteers put their hand up for, but notwithstanding that, we have a good show and a good committee."
Now the broken window needs to be fixed.
"It's not something that can be done in five minutes, everyone's busy," Mrs Hood said.
But nothing is slowing down preparations for the Dubbo Show on May 14-16, and the secretary encouraged people to submit their entries as soon as possible.
"No, we didn't really need this, but anyway it's not stopping us, put it that way," Mrs Hood said.
No, we didn't really need this, but anyway it's not stopping us...Show society secretary Sue Hood
Officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District attended the office at the showground on Fitzroy Street about 2am and started inquiries.
Police have urged anyone with information about the incident, including dashcam or CCTV footage from the area at the time, to contact Dubbo Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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