The Cowra Show will go on

Maylana Kirwan pictured at last year's Cowra Show. Photo: Robin Dale
Maylana Kirwan pictured at last year's Cowra Show. Photo: Robin Dale

As the saying goes, "the show must go on".

This is the attitude of the Cowra Show Society committee, who are working "flat chat" to host this year's Cowra Show on October 16 and 17, despite concerns about the coronavirus.

The pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of a number of shows across the state this year, including Lithgow, Orange and Dubbo and arguably the biggest of all, the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Some Show Societies, including Bathurst, have decided to postponed their show until later this year.

Cowra Show Society President, Matt Bohman, said the committee was confident the Cowra Show will run as planned.

"The thing we want people to know is we're not going to give up on the Show this year and we are going to do all we can to make it work," he said.

"We're going to do all we can to work with the community, because we realise we're going to lose out on some events in Cowra.

'We're trying to do our best to be good community members and give people some fun, and I think by October we're going to want to let our hair down a little bit.

"We've got time on our side... we will just listen and react to whatever health guidelines come in."

The committee confirmed there will be one major change to the line up this year, with the Rodeo on the Friday night being replaced by "Rooftop Express", a unique comedy show that pays tribute to the Australian outback while taking horse play and cattle mustering to a new level.

"It's unfortunate this year we won't be able to do the rodeo but manpower and financial concerns, it's just not there this year," he said.

"[Rooftop Express] isan incredible farm show, with horses, cattle and clowns, and it gets the kids involved."

Mr Bohman said he hoped other events hosted by the Cowra Show Society, such as the Cowra Wine Show and NSW Dorset Championships, will still go ahead.

"There's the Wine Show... we're still very optimistic we will still be able to go ahead with that one, the fires and drought have affected that one more than anything," he said.

"We've got the Dorset Show, the drought has really affected those guys. Roger [Traves, Chief Steward] has really built that up... and then to see a year like this happen, we're hopeful those two can still go on."

To keep up to date with all announcements and for more information, follow the Cowra Show Society on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CowraShowSociety/

The Facebook page also has information on the team's new email addresses.

Please note, from April 1, anything purchased by the Show or Show Society will require a purchase order number.