Tarago Show

Sun 7th March 2021

It is with great regret we announce that the TARAGO SHOW, which was to be held on March 8th 2020 has been cancelled due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances.

This decision was made with consultation and investigation into other possibilities, as well as advice from other areas.

Things that were considered:

Vets are recommending that horses should not be ridden or worked while the smoky conditions continue.

Horses need six weeks training to be brought up to a level of fitness and health to be able to safely compete.

We are within that six week timeframe and no opportunity will exist for the horses to safely be brought up to competition level.

The smoke and soot from the fires has adversely affected the sheep that were to be brought to the Show for the shearing competitions the wool is dirty and full of contaminants with not much of a chance that they would get clean between now and the show date.

Nor would it be right to expect the competitors to shear or ride in the potentially smoke laden air.

An excerpt from an article put out on January 12th

“RAS General Manager Murray Wilton told the ABC that about a dozen regional agricultural shows had been cancelled over recent months and fears that more will follow suit.”

"Many of the volunteers at these shows are fighting bushfires or assisting at recovery centres and our judges, stewards and officials are involved in it as well.”

“In the past week agricultural events set to be held in the NSW towns of Kiama, Berry, Bemboka, Cobargo, Lithgow, Parkes, Albion Park, Bowral, Pambula and Candelo have been called off”

"We've had judges unable to attend, horses need to be worked up to the point that they're able to compete, and that hasn't happened.”

Similarly our surrounding areas are affected in the same way. Braidwood has cancelled this years show, and Nimmitabel is considering its situation at this time.

Our volunteers and committee members are also involved in the local RFS brigades, SES or other agencies and /or have concerns about their own or family and friends safety and the protection of properties.

We hold the same concerns for those that would have competed in either the Shearing or Horse events.

Organisation for the 2020 Tarago Show was on track, everything was on or ahead of schedule. There was nothing preventing the Show from going ahead apart from the Natural disaster that has struck the entire country.

Our concern is for all those that may have attended. Our family based event attracts children and older family members alike. They attend to enjoy a day out to socialise and view the various events, displays and enjoy the exhibits in the pavilion, including the children’s or adult Tug-O-War.

In good conscience we could not ask the community or visitors, to potentially put their health at risk to come out and support our show.

Looking forward to Tarago Show 2021.

Wayne Baynham


Tarago and District Show Society