Country shows hit hard by pandemic
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
NO SHOW: Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA President Rob Hunt and CEO John Rothwell.