Cummins Show goes on via the web, with competition entries to be judged digitally

SHOW goes on: 'Cummins Showman' Angus Puckridge at last year's Cummins Show. This year, judging will go ahead digitally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHOW goes on: 'Cummins Showman' Angus Puckridge at last year's Cummins Show. This year, judging will go ahead digitally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many country shows across South Australia have been cancelled for 2020, but one local show is still inviting entries to be judged online over the next six weeks.

The Cummins Show was one of the first to be cancelled for 2020 with the Cummins A and H Society announcing its decision in March.

Society president Ray Whillas said the decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all members of the community.

While the 2020 show is not taking place, the show has announced a call for entries in six categories including garden produce, cooking, flowers and photography over the next six weeks.

Categories are announced each Wednesday on the Cummins Show Facebook page, with people asked to take a photo of their entry and submit it in the comments section of the post.

All entries are split into two different age groups, 17 and under (kids) and 18 and over (adults) with the entry that obtains the most likes being deemed the winner. It all started on Wednesday, with the society calling for art entries, which will remain open until Tuesday.

Olsson's Sea Salt is supporting the competitions and is providing a gift pack and a family pass to the 2021 Cummins Show to each of the 12 winners.

Mr Whillas said the society wanted to support local business and jobs with this initiative, as well as gain attention for the show and Cummins.

"It's still getting the name of Eyre Peninsula out there and giving people something to look forward to," he said.

Details on how to enter are available via the Cummins Show Facebook page.

The society has also continued an initiative from last year, where it donated the sale of entries from its 2019 wool show to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

This year, the show raised $4540.65, bringing the total raised over two years to $9000.

Mr Whillas thanked Norton's Transport for carting the wool to Adelaide and Elders wool manager Claire Loveridge for selling the wool, both done free of charge.

He said while it was disappointing there would not be a physical show for people to attend in 2020, the society would use the time to return bigger and better in 2021.

"It is a shame but next year we'll build towards bigger and better things," he said.

"We will look to invest back into the showground's infrastructure... people will notice the showgrounds changing in the next 18 months which is good."