Coun­try shows hit hard by pan­demic

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The Advertiser - - NEWS - PAULA THOMP­SON

ROYAL and coun­try shows are plead­ing for a $42.67 mil­lion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment res­cue pack­age to en­sure their vi­a­bil­ity into the fu­ture.

In South Aus­tralia, 12 coun­try shows have been can­celled this year due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, along with the Royal Ade­laide Show in Septem­ber.

SA Coun­try Shows pres­i­dent Fran­cis An­drews said or­gan­is­ers of the re­main­ing shows sched­uled for 2020 were think­ing “very se­ri­ously” about can­celling.

“They just don’t know if they’re go­ing to be­ing able to get peo­ple to­gether and get a de­cent crowd,” he said.

“Most of these shows sur­vive on spon­sor­ship from lo­cal busi­nesses, and if these coun­try towns are do­ing it tough, show so­ci­eties are also do­ing it tough.”

Royal Agri­cul­tural & Hor­ti­cul­tural

Pic­ture SARAH REED

NO SHOW: Royal Agri­cul­tural & Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety of SA Pres­i­dent Rob Hunt and CEO John Roth­well.

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