The Traralgon Annual Show
Returning bigger and better in 2021
Media Release Wednesday 5th August 2020
The Traralgon and Districts Agricultural Society have made the extremely difficult but inevitable decision to cancel this year’s Traralgon Show event, scheduled for December 4th and 5th 2020.
With over 6 months preparatory work required to facilitate an event of this size and in light of continuing restrictions and the risk to the community’s health as a result of COVID-19, the Committee met yesterday and determined that the Traralgon Show event planned for later this year was not viable.
“We feel this difficult decision is wholly justified to minimise impact and preserve the health and safety of all participants, community attendees and volunteers of the Traralgon Show. We also recognise the significant impact upon local business and industries hit hard by the burden of Coronavirus, shut downs and restrictions and do not wish to exhaust community generosity during already difficult times.” Explains Caitlin Grigsby, Project Manager for the Society.
We have now joined all other 2020 Gippsland Shows in cancelling, as well as the Royal Melbourne Show.
With this said, cancellation of this event presents a unique and exciting opportunity for the Society, to bring forward repair and refurbishment works to the historical Craft Pavilion at the Traralgon Showgrounds. “Thanks to the amazing efforts of volunteers and with support from local agency Full Circle HR & Business Services, we were successful in our application for funding in May, receiving $157,525.70 from the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program (AgShows). This funding enables critical repairs and improvements to this locally and historically significant space including recladding, rewiring, roof repair and sealing, as well as the building of long needed internal toilets/bathroom to the Pavilion building” shares Richard Morgan, President of the Traralgon and Districts Agricultural Society.
“We are seeing an important and valuable shift in participation in Society and in the Show, with new volunteers, ideas and energy, coupled with decades of service and knowledge from our long serving members. While we are all saddened to not see that hard work come to fruition this year, we are confident that the Show in 2021 will have evolved significantly and be our best yet”.
With the support of volunteers from Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby, the Society have already renovated the Rural Meeting Room at the Traralgon Showgrounds, and recently cleared and archived decades of records for refurbishment of the Secretary’s office, also possible thanks to donation and volunteers. This week volunteers also started on removal of items to storage and demolition of internal cladding in the Pavilion, but with the reintroduction of Stage 3, will make way for local trade partners to commence this major project, and will redirect their attention to our webpage and a future online entry system among other things.
Lorraine Anderson explains, “We are devastated to not host an event this year for our community and families, particularly after a considerable rebuild and reinvigoration effort by our long serving and new members of the Society behind the scenes. We are however, very pleased to have a silver lining to concentrate on. We all look forward to offering a wonderful community venue at the Arts Pavilion in 6 months and to use this time to improve our other facilities, security and disability access in this time. We are committed to, and look forward to a return in 2021 with the Anniversary 130th Traralgon Show.