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August 20th, 2019 by admin

Show does not go on in this wet

Walbundrie Show 2015The cancellation and postponementof dozens of agricultural shows across the region is placing anenormous economic and emotional strain on country communities, a show stalwart has claimed.
Nanjing Night Net

Walbundrie Show Society president and newly electedGroup 8 Riverina chairman Max Webb said this year’songoing wet weather had dampened theviability of many country shows.

Gate takings this year were probably half what they usually were atWalbundrie-traditionally one of the district’s biggest shows, Mr Webb said.

One of the biggest impacts was felt in the horse events, with the showjumping cancelled and numbers well down in the hackrings due to the cancellation of horse events at other shows in the lead-up to Walbundrie.

However numbers were still “aboveexpectations” given the heavy downpours in the preceding week.

“We had 90mm in an hour on the Wednesday of the Henty Field Days,” Mr Webb said.

He added Walbundrie’s ovalheld up remarkably well thanks to itssandy, loamy soil, which kept the surface fairly firm.

Other towns across the regionhave not been so fortunate, prompting the cancellation or re-scheduling of their show’shorse events.

“I went out to Culcairn and the oval was really wet so they didn’t run the horse rings because the ground gets too chopped up,” Mr Webb said.

“It does detract from the overall atmosphere when there is a big empty hole in the middle of your grounds.”

“Extensive flooding has also limited road access to many showgrounds, discouraging would-be visitors.”

Rising insurance premiums coupled with ongoing maintenance costs are already stretching the viability of many shows, according to Mr Webb.

“When you add in thisyear’s wet weather then income does not meet costs,” he said.

“There are flow-on effects to the community – it does affect morale and people are worried about what the future holds.

“If this rain keeps up, farmers won’t be able to get on their canola to windrow; theground is too heavy.

“I think it’s time the rain took a bit of a spell.”

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