On with the show as date is set in stone

THE Hamilton Agricultural Show Society has locked in dates for next year’s show, with hope everything stays on course after the 2021 cancellation.

President of the Hamilton Agricultural Show Society Jack Beattie said: “We are as certain as anybody can be in the Covid world.

“We are set for March 5, and we are keen to get it back and running again.
“We are excited to be back on again, to extend the long history of the show for the benefit of not just the local community, but for people coming in from Hobart and other urban areas.
“We get to show them what we get up to in the country and show what a career in farming can look like, whether in dairy, sheep, aquaculture, there’s a lot going on.”

The Hamilton Show Society got together to refresh the iconic hillside sign late last month with a new coat of white paint, all but confirming their proposed date, weather and pandemic permitting.

Mr Beattie said while Covid restrictions will be a barrier in the organisation of the show, as it has been for so many others in their position, the smaller size of the show will certainly make it more manageable.

“We will be limited to 5000 attendees at the moment, but that is more than we would normally get anyway, so we shouldn’t have to change too much of the show from previous years.”

Many agricultural shows have been cancelled over the past eighteen months, however confirmation the Royal Hobart Show will go ahead may signal a change in fortune for shows in Tasmania.