The show must not go on… The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia has announced that the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show, which was set to take part on the Adelaide Showgrounds in September, has been cancelled.
With the current restrictions in place for public gatherings due to COVI-19, as well as the uncertainty of when the ban will be lifted, the society has found planning and holding this year’s Royal Adelaide Show to be “unworkable”.
“The decision not to go ahead with the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show has not been taken lightly. It is deeply disappointing to reach this decision; however, it has been carefully evaluated and considered. It is felt the position the Society has taken is in the best interest of public health and the broader community,” said the society in a statement on the Show’s Facebook page.
The 2020 cancellation is the fifth time that the Show has been postponed, with previous events dating back to the 1852 Victorian Gold Rush, as well as World War I & II, and the Spanish Flu pandemic. 2020 was originally set to be the 245th year for the Royal Adelaide Show and usually attracts half a million people each year.
The society has reassured that South Australia’s longest-running event featuring animals, rides, food, and live entertainment will return in Spring 2021.