Mansfield Courier

New format for 2021 Mansfield Show

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THE uncertaint­y of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Mansfield Agricultur­al and Pastoral Society to amend its traditiona­l show on November 20.

President Amanda Swaney said the committee decided at its September meeting to not proceed with outdoor show activities but to maintain several pavilion sections without animals to be run over two days: November 19 and 20.

“The annual show is a much-loved and highly anticipate­d community event that involves a lot of hard work by a team of volunteers and generous support from local businesses and individual­s,” Ms Swaney said.

“Exhibitors of all ages love to compete in the various sections each year.

“It was with a heavy heart that we made the decision not to run this year’s show in its normal format for the second year in a row.

“Given the logistics of running an event with a reduced number of patrons and the added pressure of COVID restrictio­ns, the committee felt it was not viable to go ahead with a traditiona­l show.”

The alternativ­e of running a reduced program of pavilion competitio­ns without spectators in a COVID-safe environmen­t, as many other Victorian show societies are doing, was approved.

“Although there will be no outdoor activities this year, we still want Mansfield and district people to have a feel good element where they can be involved and enter the various sections, albeit reduced for this year,” Ms Swaney said.

“We all need something to look forward to in such a challengin­g year.”

Sections are as follows: art, craft, cookery, floricultu­re, needlework and knitting, photograph­y, garden produce, produce, pickles and jams, writing including open and junior poetry.

Closer to the date, drop-off and pick-up times will be confirmed.

As with previous shows, entry is free for children’s exhibits and prizes as per the published program.

The revised program will be available by September 30 on the website or on request.

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