The annual Youth of the Year event, organised by the Goulburn Lions Club, has been cancelled this year.
"We had to cancel it because of a lack of candidates from the schools for the event. That's understandable because of so many changes that have taken place due to the pandemic and other activities in the school," Bob Collins, Youth Club Program chairman said.
For the first time since 1975, the club had to cancel the popular event in Goulburn.
This is not the only event that had to be cancelled this year. The 143rd Crookwell Show, that was going to be held February 13-14, was also cancelled citing safety as the main concern.
"The main concern is the safety and well being of local residents. As the show always attracts people from all areas near and far which we perceive to be untenable in this current climate," the statement issued by the organisers reads.
"We hope to stage a series of smaller agriculture based events between now and Christmas in a reduced format to fill the gap in our show calendar. These events will be very community minded, encompassing both agriculture and pavilion based events including our schools and local community groups."
Similarly, the Crookwell Picnic Race Committee made the decision to not hold the annual Binda Picnic Races in March this year.
The annual event is usually attended by hundreds of people who travel interstate to attend the community event.
The annual multicultural event that is held in Goulburn had to be scrapped due to the uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation.
"We have had to cancel the festival because it involves a lot of communities coming together," Goulburn Multicultural Centre (GMC) manager Heni Hardi said.
"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."
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