The 2021 Wingham Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.
Wingham Show Society president Elaine Turner issued a statement on Thursday, January 14 saying the decision to cancel had been made at a show meeting on Wednesday night.
"After much deliberation by the Wingham Show Society Committee, consultation with the Agricultural Societies Council, our Federal MP Dr David Gillespie's office and our local police, the Wingham Show Society has made the difficult decision to not go ahead with our Annual Show," Elaine said.
The 2021 Annual Show was scheduled for Friday March 12 - Sunday March 14.
Elaine said it was not an easy decision to make as the committee had been filled with hope when COVID restrictions on numbers at large gatherings, was lifted late last year.
However the current, constant changing NSW Health requirements made proceeding with the show a "mammoth task."
The event would have to abide by the NSW Health guidelines, including the newly released COVID-19 Safety Plan - Regional Agricultural Shows.
"The compliance of social distancing requirements, and COVID safe plans for each of our sections and events, was going to be very difficult to manage," said Elaine.
The health and safety of patrons, competitors and volunteers is a priority for the show society.
"We do not intend to place any of your health at risk," said Elaine.
The Wingham Show Society would like to acknowledge the continuing support from sponsors, stewards, competitors, exhibitors, key stakeholders, and volunteers.
"We appreciate your understanding and patience as we undertake the task, over the next few days, of contacting everyone and we want to thank our community for their ongoing support."
Sponsors can contact the Wingham Show Society via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wingham Show Society hopes to be able to hold a bigger and better Wingham Show in 2022.