"The 2021 Goulburn Show is going ahead. We are planning a COVID-Safe event which is scheduled for the weekend of March 6 and 7," said Jacki Waugh from the Goulburn AP&H Society.
Jacki happily told us that the event will have virtually all your favourite features with some changes due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place for health and safety reasons, enabling safe management of crowd numbers and contact tracing.
That means there will be all sorts of loveable animals to see, a fun sideshow alley full of joyful rides, loads of local vendors with anything from clothing to machinery to novelty items, and much more.
You can enjoy local creativity with arts and crafts of various kinds on display, or sink your teeth into the various culinary delights on offer.
There will be entertainment to see with racing pigs and the reptile experience both booked in to appear.
There will be locals putting in their best performances during the Young Farmer's Challenge, and the chips will fly in the woodchopping event. And kids can get involved with the Scarecrow Competition, the Colouring Competition, or Junior Showgirl or Master Showman.
An exciting announcement for 2021 will be the return of sheep judging for the first time in about 10 years.
Chief steward Narlisa Cooper from nearby Marulan says that local sheep producers were keen to create the opportunity to show their best animals here again, and there are already five different breeds (Australian and British) across 40 registrations thus far, with lots more interest coming from around the state as well so we expect that number to climb.
They've even secured sponsorship for the sheep section and you'll be able to see the sheep on the Saturday (while the cattle will be there on the Sunday). They'll have multiple award categories across rams and ewes, culminating in Supreme Champion Australian and British Breed.
It's a similar story with other animals coming along to either show or display, with horses, dogs, alpacas, goats, poultry, cats and rabbits all there either one or both days, so come and see them all.
"Goulburn Show is committed to providing a completely COVID-Safe event and have a COVID Safety Plan in place that all visitors are required to follow.
"To be show-ready, download the Service NSW app to your phones to make it quicker and easier to get in and out of the Goulburn Show this year. It is mandatory to scan into our COVID-Safe showground using COVID-Safe Check-in. This will entail scanning the QR code, entering your details and showing the completed submission to gate staff. If you are unable to scan in, a gate helper will assist."
The show's COVID-Safe plan will allow for 5000 people at a time so capacity shouldn't be an issue.
"Adjustments have been made to the pavilions to allow for social distancing and flow of traffic. Bring your own mask to wear if you can't keep 1.5 metres away especially for viewing the indoor displays. Hand sanitisers will be provided upon entry and exit. And if you are unwell, please stay at home."