Shepparton News

‘Heartbreak­ing’ for Shepp Show, a no-go

- By Caitlyn Grant

The 145th Shepparton Agricultur­al Show has been cancelled for 2021, the second year in a row.

The annual show was set to be held on October 8 and 9 at the Shepparton Showground­s, but due to the uncertaint­y surroundin­g COVID-19 restrictio­ns and general safety, it has been cancelled.

Shepparton Agricultur­al Society president Sue Trevaskis said the decision was “absolutely heartbreak­ing”.

“We were really hopeful, but unfortunat­ely the last fortnight has shown it’s just not possible,” she said.

The show is one for the whole family, known for its wide array of exhibition­s from farm animals to local art displays, and carnival rides for the thrill seekers.

The city will stand to lose some revenue from the boost to the local economy the show usually brings, as it draws crowds from across the state.

With the show’s cancellati­on also comes a flow-on effect for local vendors and artists not being able to exhibit and sell their works.

There’s still hope for next year’s show in a COVID-safe setting, but for this year the uncertaint­y surroundin­g future snap lockdowns and the general safety risk for show-goers was simply too great.

“First and foremost is the health of the community — we don’t want to be responsibl­e for another outbreak,” Ms Trevaskis said.

 ??  ?? Not this year: The 145th Shepparton Agricultur­al Show has been cancelled for 2021.
Not this year: The 145th Shepparton Agricultur­al Show has been cancelled for 2021.

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