Eudunda Show Plans for 2020

In a normal year, the Eudunda Show Committee would meet at the end of March with an AGM to begin planning for the upcoming show.

This year, the Committee met in February and all was going well to plan for the AGM as normal. However, mid-March the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic became critical and the Government ordered extreme preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus therefore the planned AGM and regular committee meetings had to be cancelled.

Art & Craft Open - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres255)
Art & Craft Open – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres255)

Our first Eudunda Show Committee meeting since the lock-down, was held on 3rd June 2020 with social distancing measures in place.

At present we cannot be sure what the situation will be like when our show is scheduled to take place on the 8th November 2020. Australia has been very lucky in controlling the spread of the virus, but the road to recovery is expected to be lengthy. Organising and running an Agricultural Show like Eudunda’s is a large and complex job, one that has been managed capably by the current committee.

Speed Shearing Competition - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres194)
Speed Shearing Competition – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres194)

There are many aspects to consider to give the district an event to be proud of. We are thrilled to have been awarded “The Community Event of the Year” for two years running, and we certainly have a challenge on our hands as to what type of event we can run under the show banner this year, or if at all.

The committee feels that it is unlikely we will be able to run a ‘normal’ show, but we are hopeful we can hold some form of event for the community. This will depend on further restrictions being eased and other factors.

At the moment, it is too early to tell what the situation will be like in South Australia by November. We can only continue monitoring what is happening and take into consideration what the Government predicts for November, to make our decisions timely enough to allow us to prepare and run a worthy event.

The committee plans to meet again in July to assess our options.

Ewe Hoggett Competition - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres74)
Ewe Hoggett Competition – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres74)

We are happy to see a reasonable start to the farming season. This has raised the hope that the drought of the past three years has ended and will potentially bring a good season to our district. It has certainly lifted the whole community’s spirits, which is wonderful to see.

Cereal Competition - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres153)
Cereal Competition – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres153)

We would like to wish everyone all the best of health.
Stay safe, keep smiling and look after each other.

 

At the Eudunda Show 2019 – We watched the Dog Jumping Competition,
for 2020 The Show Committee have some hurdles to jump to bring you a show.

Dog Jumping Competition - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres87)
Dog Jumping Competition – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres87)

It is going to take a lot of coordination and timing to organise the 2020 Show (Much like the fantastic 2019 Maypole Dancing)

Maypole Dancing - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres103)
Maypole Dancing – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook (Lowres103)