Rural events return in 2021

ROYAL JOURNEY: Wagga Showgirl, Kate Webster will head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to represent this region. Picture: Emma Hillier

ROYAL JOURNEY: Wagga Showgirl, Kate Webster will head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to represent this region. Picture: Emma Hillier

AFTER a run of event cancellations in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are some gatherings to look forward to during 2021.

Shows, field days and agricultural gatherings were mostly cancelled, or moved to an online format to accommodate the health requirements at the time.

APRIL 1 to 12: The Sydney Royal Easter Show will return in 2021 after the cancellation in 2020 due to coronavirus. After a challenging year, organisers look forward to bringing you a safe event that once again celebrates Australia's heritage - from rural traditions to our modern-day lifestyles. The RAS is working closely with NSW Health to ensure the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show is compliant with all COVID Safe requirements as directed. It's also an opportunity for many people, who qualified back in 2019, to compete at the royal. If you live in the Riverina or southern NSW and are planning to exhibit at Sydney Royal Easter Show this year we would love to share your journey. Email nreynolds@therural.com.au

SEPTEMBER 10 and 11: Wagga Show Society is also thrilled to present a two-day event after the cancellation last year. Earlier this year Robert Hamilton was named as Wagga Show Society president and he continues as a third generation member of his family to hold the position. He follows in the footsteps of his father Bruce Hamilton, who was president from 1999 to 2003 and his grandfather, the late Henry Hamilton who served as president from 1977 to 1980.

OCTOBER 2 and 3: Organisers of the Good Old Days Festival 2021 have confirmed the event at Barellan in the Riverina will go a head in October. Bruce Bandy was returned as event president. Online bookings for public gate entry, camping and stallholders will open from May 1 on www.barellanclydesdales.com.au. Mr Bandy said the new amenities block was almost completed and a new kitchen would be installed in the Carroll pavilion before the festival.

"We were excited and fortunate to see our showground receive funding of $244,992 from the NSW Government's showground stimulus to build new toilets and amenities," Mr Bandy said.

OCTOBER 9: Organisers of the centenary Illabo Show are looking forward to a spectacular event after the show was cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus. The show is set to feature a prime lamb hoof and hook competition, auctioneers competition, dog show, yard dog event plus the well-supported equestrian events.

  • Do you have an event that is going ahead in 2021? Please share all details by emailing nreynolds@therural.com.au