2020 ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW CANCELLED
After extensive consideration, it is with much sadness that the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA (Society) is obliged to cancel the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show, which was due to be held from September 4 - 13.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the current restrictions in place for public gatherings, along with the uncertainty of any timeline around lifting restrictions, it makes it unworkable to hold a large event such as the Show in 2020.
This announcement follows the news of the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show and the 2020 Royal Queensland Show (EKKA), having also been cancelled.
In the Society’s 181-year history there has only been four reasons for the Show not being held, namely WWI and WW2 along with the Victorian Gold Rush in 1852 and the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic.
The decision not to go ahead with the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show has not been taken lightly. The 2020 event was due to be the 245th Royal Adelaide Show, which has been held since 1840.
In the coming days and weeks, the Show Society will be in contact with the Show community including; members, sponsors, exhibitors – both commercial and competitive, and all stakeholders to work through finalising cancellation details for this year’s Show and planning for the 2021 event.
The Society is a not-for-profit organisation and in addition to the Royal Adelaide Show operates year-round including presenting the Adelaide Showground for the community to participate in events and exhibitions. The Society has a gross economic contribution of approx. $317 million to the South Australian economy, the Royal Adelaide Show being the main contributor.
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.
The Society will now turn its attention to planning and presenting a fantastic Spring Show in 2021.