Planning events on all scales is a challenging process and COVID is not making life any easier for organisations to have an event.

The cancellation of the Ekka was the first of many local shows to be halted and show societies all over the county, and South East Queensland, are having to cancel for health safety reasons.

The Canungra Show was due to run on Saturday the 21st August and was recently cancelled.

Canungra Show Society secretary Sharon Rafferty said it is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Canungra Show.

“Although the lockdown ended, we cannot comply with the QLD Health COVID19 restrictions released recently.

“The risks involved with large gatherings are escalating daily and pose great risk to our community and valued patrons. 

“Unfortunately, a rescheduled date was not feasible for the Canungra Show.

“Thank you for your support and understanding and please keep safe and remember we are all in this together.”

This was the first of three local shows that pulled the pin and all are doing it for the greater good of the community.

Beenleigh Show management announced on Wednesday this week that they made the decision to cancel the 2021 Beenleigh Show scheduled for 11th September.

“The situation associated with the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic here and interstate and the total uncertainty of the immediate future and what restrictions may or may not be in force at the time of the 2021 show make it almost impossible to successfully plan for the event,” said a show society spokesperson.

“There is a lead time for arrangements to organise and successfully stage such an event and even though much of this was already in place, there comes a time when a final decision had to be made.

“The safety of our volunteers and patrons is paramount.

“The continuing uncertainty for our exhibitors who need to prepare their entries including animals, birds, fine arts, cooking, produce and horticulture etc. for the show must also be considered.

“The Beenleigh Show Society remains the only active Show Society in Logan City and relies on many volunteers and supporters who make themselves available for a vast array of activities prior to, during and after the Show.

“Knowing that the uncertainty in the current climate makes it difficult for these important people, it is hoped they will now be able to arrange their valuable time with a little more certainty.

“The Show Society is again devastated to cancel the 2021 event following the cancellation of the 2020 event for similar reasons.

“We know we are one of many having to make this unfortunate decision and hope our many supporters understand the reasons behind this decision.

“We look forward to your support in 2022 when we all hope the world is a safer place.”

Today, one of the bigger shows in South East Queensland announced that they would also be cancelling their show.

“It is with heavy heart, the Beaudesert Show Society Management Committee, have decided that the 2021 Beaudesert Show cannot proceed due to the current COVID-19 regulations,” a show spokesperson said.    

“Due to recent COVID lockdowns and restrictions and potential issues arising over the next few months, it was felt that cancellation is the right decision. 

“The committee did not take this decision lightly, but the health and safety of our community is always first and foremost and decided now is not the time to hold a large event.

“The Show Committee thank all the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who continue to support the Beaudesert Show, and look forward to making 2022 Show the best ever.”

With most local shows are cancelling, the Gold Coast Show is looking to continue theirs. Will you be going if it is held?

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