The show must go online

By Liam Nash

The Cobram Agricultural Show will receive part of a $36 million COVID-19 support package released by the Federal Government.

The grant was put forward to supplement agricultural shows pushing ahead, as well as offering compensation to soften the blow for those not going ahead.

Cobram Agricultural Show Society president Karen Creighton was elated at such events being placed under the threshold of the government’s COVID-19 response methods.

“As far as the government grant, we are really pleased that it is available,” she said.

“It will definitely help with all the usual costs of running the show, such as affiliation fees and the rest.”

The show’s cancellation was announced via Facebook on July 16, but an online version is in the works.

Allowing exhibitors the chance to contribute in some fashion, Mrs Creighton said the show would run on the usual mid-October show date, and would mainly involve school students who were regularly involved with the annual event.

“With the show being cancelled, we have contacted all the local schools who normally have exhibitions, and they are all keen to participate through the online competitions.”