IT is with great disappointment that we announce that the 2021 Foster & District Show planned for Saturday, February 27 will not go ahead as a normal show. Concerns about community safety in light of COVID-19, coronavirus restrictions and the planned redevelopment of the basketball stadium due to commence in February have led to this decision. However, not wanting to pull the pin on the 2021 show altogether, we are excited to offer a condensed schedule of competitions online.
Whilst many country ag shows have cancelled their 2020 and 2021 shows due to COVID-19, we are fortunate to have a range of competitions that can be run remotely. A number of very generous sponsors will enable our On Farm Challenges – Commercial Dairy, Silage Quality, Hay Bale Art and, for the first time in 2021, Commercial Beef – to proceed as usual although the announcement of winners will occur online rather than on showday. Stewards from the photography, exhibit shed and ambassador sections are working hard to develop a range of classes that will fit into an online format. The virtual transition for our 2021 show will also enable us to offer a sheep competition, something we’ve not been able to physically host at the show for many years. We look forward to engaging South Gippsland in a fun, community event from the comfort of their own homes.
With the lack of a normal showday in 2021 we will be especially eager for the return of hosting the show as a public event in 2022. Our Show has been very fortunate to receive funding from the Agricultural Shows Regional Development Program and we’ll be keen for the community to enjoy the improvements enabled by this grant. The refurbishment of the interior of the Exhibit Shed will commence shortly and we are awaiting the arrival of more portable seating, an event marquee and portable sheep yards.
For the latest information regarding our online competitions keep an eye on The Mirror, our website www.fostershow.com and Facebook page @fosteragshow. If COVID restrictions allow by February 2021 there is a possibility we will host a spectator-free horse competition at the showgrounds.