The Wagga Show Society announced that the 2021 edition of the Wagga show has been postponed to November 5 and 6.
The decision was made in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, with the show society deeming the 2021 show would be unable to go ahead as originally planned for September 10 and 11.
"This decision was not taken lightly but due to the ongoing uncertainty created by the current COVID-19 outbreak, it was decided that we could not hold our show in September," Robert Hamilton, president of the Show Society, said in a Facebook post.
"The health and safety of our volunteers, exhibitors and the community is most important. Hopefully by postponing the show rather than cancelling the show, we will still be able to hold a show this year.
"With the assistance of the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW and the Showmens' Guild of Australasia we have been able to reschedule on 5 to 6November 2021, by then we are hoping that the current outbreak will be behind us.
"We hope that we will be able to reschedule all the entertainment that we had planned and present an amazing event in November."
Show society managing secretary Greg Pritchard said the new dates were chosen to avoid scheduling conflicts with other shows.
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The two original headline performers, country superstar Casey Barnes and hip-hop artists True Vibenation, have confirmed their availability for November.
"Both our headline acts have confirmed for those dates, as well as the non-headline acts, such as the children entertainers, have also confirmed availability for the new dates, which is great," Dr Pritchard said.
"It brings some life into those in the performing arts sector, being able to tour at the moment. So I am not surprised they have confirmed quite quickly."
With other regional shows such as Parkes having made the call to cancel due to the pandemic, Dr Pritchard said he hopes the rescheduling will allow the event to go ahead.
"It is very important that it goes ahead and that's why we have tried to postpone, rather than cancel," Dr Pritchard said.
"A lot of other shows have cancelled and the opportunity to postpone should bring nicer weather in November. The committee I think will be devastated to cancel it for a second year running, given all the work that has gone into it.
"COVID pending we will have it, obviously it is very hard to predict the future at this given time.
"But these dates have been chosen to not clash with other shows."
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