The year 2020 has been a tough year for various country shows after organisers were forced to postpone or cancel the events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year, these events continue to be affected by the pandemic and are either being canceled once again or will be held in a different format as compared to the previous years.
The Goulburn Multicultural Festival scheduled for February has been cancelled this year due to the uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation.
Goulburn Multicultural Centre (GMC) manager Heni Hardi confirmed the cancellation of the event and said, "We have had to cancel the festival because it involves a lot of communities coming together."
"Everyone looking forward to the event has been very understanding and while they expressed regret that the festival was not going ahead, they fully appreciated and understood the reasoning behind it."
Meanwhile, preparations are on in full swing for the annual Goulburn Show, which has been running since 1880, to be held on March 6-7.
Goulburn Show Society president Jacki Waugh said that the event will go ahead pending COVID-19 restrictions at the time. "It will be a show different from the previous years with social distancing practices in place keeping the pandemic in mind," she added.
Another event affected due to COVID-19 is the annual Yass Show. It has been reduced to a one-day event to be held on March 20 instead of holding it over the weekend.
"The 2021 Yass Show will be a one-day show only, due to COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Unfortunately, there will not be a PBR Bullride at this year's Show," the statement issued by the organisers reads.
In Crookwell, organisers made the decision to not hold the annual Binda Picnic Races in March this year.
The Crookwell Picnic Race Committee issued a statement explaining the reason behind the difficult decision.
"With current and ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions on numbers attending the event and numerous other restrictions, we could not proceed," it states.
The annual event is usually attended by hundreds of people who travel interstate to attend the community event.
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