Yallunda Flat Show cancelled for 2020

SHOW: Kerry Claughton, Oddie the dog, Sydney Claughton, Whitney and Ottillie Wright at the Yallunda Flat Show in 2019.
SHOW: Kerry Claughton, Oddie the dog, Sydney Claughton, Whitney and Ottillie Wright at the Yallunda Flat Show in 2019.

There will be no country shows happening on the Eyre Peninsula this year following the decision on Monday to cancel the 2020 Yallunda Flat Show.

In April the Yallunda Flat Agricultural and Horticultural Society had deferred its decision to go ahead with the show to July to assess whether the show should proceed.

However on Monday the society unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 show, which was to take place in October.

Society president Campbell Lawrie said if the show had gone ahead it would have put pressure on show volunteers to meet the requirements needed.

There were also concerns about social distancing with crowds as well as financial pressures on businesses who sponsored the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ultimately we would make a decision but we wanted to give our show every chance to happen and give something back to the community," he said.

"Everyone is aware of the current (COVID-19) situation and we need physical time frames to plan and prepare.

"All the committee felt we would just be stretching ourselves too far to pull off a successful event."

Most country shows had been cancelled for 2020, including the other Eyre Peninsula shows at Port Lincoln, Wudinna, Kimba, Cleve and Cummins.

However the society is optimistic for a big return in 2021 and having the year off to come up with new ideas.

"There were positive discussions post decision on what can be done in 2021," he said.

This is not the first time the show had been cancelled, in 2016 it did not go ahead after a severe storm caused flooding of the showgrounds.

The show's site coordinator Coreyanne Wait is also optimistic of the show returning bigger and better next year and said the break would help generate some great ideas.

"We'd gone through (the flooding) with flying colours and we'll do the same here," she said.

The Australian Government is supporting agricultural show societies who had to cancel events in 2020 through its $36 million Supporting Agricultural Shows program.

This includes $10 million in operational support for local show societies, which can claim up to $10,000 if the attendance in 2019 was less than 2000, up to $15,000 for between 2000 and 4999 and up to $70,000 for more than 5000.