The Mount Gambier show gets the green light
It’ll be a show for sore eyes next weekend at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds with rides, show bags and more to welcome patrons to the annual Spring Show.
Celebrating its 160th anniversary, the Mount Gambier Spring Agricultural and Horticultural Show will continue despite Covid-19 restrictions which have required a number of changes.
Guests will need to enter the grounds through a gate in front of the South Eastern Hotel.
Over the two days, six hour sessions will be implemented with Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a deep clean scheduled between sessions.
Each session will have up to 5,000 tickets available for purchase online only. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.
Show Society President Danielle Tulak said that despite the strict rules in place for this year’s event, committee members were delighted the show was able to continue.
“People will need to realize that they may have to park elsewhere and walk to the fairgrounds, which is advisable as the Covid-19 test station will still be on site, just fenced off,” said Mrs. Tulak.
âThis is most likely going to add congestion to the front of the show and we really want customers to be aware of this when they come to the area.
âAll the changes are part of our Covid-19 management plan and having only digital tickets was one of the strictest rules.
âThis year’s show will be a little different from previous years as the audience won’t be able to enter where they usually would, but we will have security on hold to point people in the right direction.
“We won’t have any indoor competitions this year, but schools and other organizations have donated artwork for the exhibits that will be available, and there won’t be a log cutting competition either. because the competitors are mainly from Victoria. “
She said that despite the slight differences, there would still be plenty for guests to do, with Cindy Krause coming in for the flower arrangements and talking about setting up vegetable gardens and other activities.
âWe will also have Bunnings presenting sessions on horticulture, magicians and a tribal motorcycle show,â Ms. Tulak said.
âWe have dealt with last minute cancellations with traders outside of our travel bubble and have limited ourselves to entertainment in South Australia and Western Australia, but we are just doing our best to get the event off the ground. . “
Along with the log cutting competition, the annual dog show has also been canceled due to judges having to travel from Queensland.
“We will also have security and six full-time cleaners throughout the two days who will clean up throughout the day alongside our Covid-19 commissioners,” Ms Tulak said.
âWe are really happy to be able to launch the event in a safe manner against Covid-19 and to show that it can be done and hope the community will support us as well. “
Other shows in the area, including Bordertown, Millicent, Kingston and Naracoorte, also plan to continue after last year’s struggles.