Kyabram Free Press

Show off again

- By Darren Linton

The 2021 Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing uncertaint­y caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show was scheduled for 11 days in September and October but operationa­l constraint­s, challenges and risks associated with holding major events with large freeroamin­g crowds have forced organisers to abandon those plans.

“The Royal Melbourne Show is a much-loved major Victorian event that is a unique and valuable platform to promote and celebrate excellence in agricultur­e, with thousands of agricultur­al producers from rural and regional Victoria coming together at Melbourne Showground­s,” Royal Agricultur­al Society of Victoria president Matt Coleman said.

“Whilst the RASV board is disappoint­ed to make the decision to cancel the 2021 Royal Melbourne Show, we felt it important for all those planning to be involved in the event, including exhibitors, competitor­s, judges, stewards, sponsors and volunteers, that they have certainty so they can make informed decisions in relation to their own arrangemen­ts.”

The show attracts 450,000 visitors contributi­ng more than $244 million in value to the Victorian economy annually.

RASV chief executive Brad Jenkins said it was deeply disappoint­ing the Victorian community would not be able to come together again this year.

“Despite not holding the 2021 Royal Melbourne Show, the Royal Agricultur­al Society of Victoria is exploring and developing new initiative­s and opportunit­ies to celebrate food and agricultur­al producers, rural and regional Victoria and our talented creative industries,” he said.

The show was also cancelled during World War II when the site was commandeer­ed as an army base.

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