Parndana Show organisers hope to proceed with 2020 event

Local Kangaroo Island street artist Basket Boy performs at the 2019 Parndana Show. Photo Maggie's Photography
Local Kangaroo Island street artist Basket Boy performs at the 2019 Parndana Show. Photo Maggie's Photography

The Parndana Show on Kangaroo Island could be the only country agricultural show in South Australia this year.

The show committee is keeping all its fingers crossed, as it has decided to proceed with plans for a slightly different show this year on Saturday, November 14.

But committee president Nic Tremaine cautions that COVID-19 restrictions could change and the fate of the 61stshow depended on getting the necessary state government approvals.

"We have to be prepared for things to change and be flexible, but the committee really hopes to be able to put on something for the community," Mr Tremaine said.

"Because of the year we've had with bushfires and now COVID, we thought the community needed something to look forward to and to bring everyone together, to have something to celebrate and to say 'We got through 2020'."

Check out our coverage from last year's show:2019 Parndana Show celebrates 60-year history | PHOTOS, RESULTS

Opening the 60th show last year are Parndana Show Society life members Terry Bennett, Rodger Borgmeyer, Roger Cass, Mervyn Tremaine, Bill Roper, who was spokesperson for the life members, Marilyn Tremaine, Dudley Kelly and Nigel Murton. (Absent Loretta Sarson). Photo Maggie's Photography

Opening the 60th show last year are Parndana Show Society life members Terry Bennett, Rodger Borgmeyer, Roger Cass, Mervyn Tremaine, Bill Roper, who was spokesperson for the life members, Marilyn Tremaine, Dudley Kelly and Nigel Murton. (Absent Loretta Sarson). Photo Maggie's Photography

Being one the last shows in the SA show calendar certainly has helped the Parndana committtee, while other shows including Kingscote made the call early to cancel.

The only other community considering having a show at this time was Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills, also late on the schedule.

Shows that do cancel due to COVID-19 have been promised government funding.

Committee member Bill Roper said the Parndana community wanted to be able to organise something to give back to the KI community after the bushfires.

He said if the show was to proceed, and he was hopeful it would, he would like to see as many Islanders enter events and participate.

"There hasn't been much else to celebrate this year," he said.

Organisers anticipate that certain sections and events will need to be modified to meet restrictions.

"It's probably not going to be the show we're used to and we're trying to manage what we can and can't offer based on the current restrictions," Mr Tremaine said.

If the show was to proceed, the committee urges all attendees to follow rules such as leaving names for tracing and limiting numbers in the pavilion.

"We ask the community to be patient while we sort out what we can and can't do," he said. "And if we do go ahead, we ask that people respect the regulations and follow directions."

The committee needs to hear from those wanting to book a site, in particular food vendors, as soon as possible. Make contact through parndanashow@gmail.com

The Parndana Show meanwhile was a successful recipient in the federal government's $20 million grant scheme for Regional Agricultural Shows announced earlier this year.

The Parndana Show Society will be given nearly $55,000 to carry out a number of projects including the concreting of undercover sites at the Parndana Sports Ground, the replacement of guttering, and to purchase a marquee, table, and chairs.

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