Royal Agricultural Society wants Government support for smaller A and P shows

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Royal Agricultural Society wants Government support for smaller A and P shows

As the list of agricultural shows cancelling in the South continues to grow, a call has been made for the Government to support smaller events.

The call is made as the Australian Government gives another $25 million to assist agricultural shows unable to proceed due to the threat of Covid-19.

Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand president Rachel Walker, of Mosgiel, said she wanted the Government to provide support to shows, regardless of their size.

“It’s a conversation we would like to have.”

She understood no A&P show had been open to the public in New Zealand this season.

Some shows had been held, running events such as dog trials and equestrian, but with no spectators.

Those cancelled in the South this season include Gore, Lake Hayes, Winton, and Wyndham.

Winton A&P association president Wayne Malcolm last said the committee decided to cut its losses before entries had started to be taken and sponsorship sought for the January 15 show.

“We just didn’t know what the situation was going to be on the public side of it all,” he said.

The Gore A&P Show committee recently cancelled what would have been a milestone show next year.

The 140th show was to have been held on February 5.

Show secretary Becs Paterson said the uncertainty created by the current Covid-19 situation had persuaded the committee it was better to cancel now than to axe it at the last minute or hold a show with a reduced programme.

Royal Agricultural Society wants Government support for smaller A and P shows

Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand president Rachel Walker wants to talk to the Government about extending its support to agricultural shows of any size. Photo / Supplied

“It was a hard decision to make.”

The 140th show was a milestone that needed to be celebrated in style, she said.

“We didn’t want to do a closed-gate show and not involve the public in something that we wanted to make a spectacularly special celebration.

“It would be better to cancel … and then go ahead in 2023 and do the full show we really want to do.”

Shows which have or will run events with no crowd include South Otago, Taieri and West Otago.

Wanaka A&P Show is bucking the trend, confirming last week the show would return on March 11-12 to those who are double vaccinated and hold a vaccine pass.

Walker said Covid had forced show organisers to make hard decisions and societies were “hurting”.

The cost of cancelling or having no one attending was “significant”.

“Gate takings are an important part of the sustainability of any show.”

The shows were important community events, connecting urban and rural people while highlighting rural excellence.

Southern Field Days was cancelled about four months out from the three-day event in February next year.

Southern Field Days chairman Warren Ross, of Waimumu, said the organising committee made the decision to cancel before Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced the Events Transition Support Scheme.

Under the scheme, the Government would cover 90 per cent of unrecoverable costs for paid, ticketed events with audiences of more than 5000 vaccinated people, if organisers were forced to cancel or postpone due to Covid-19 public health measures.

Ross said as Southern Field Days attracted more than 10,000 people a day, he expected it would have qualified for the scheme.

After the scheme was announced, the organising committee decided cancelling remained the right decision.

“We’ve made the decision and we are going to stick with it.”

Although the scheme reduced the risk for organisers, it provided no protection for exhibitors.

Royal Agricultural Society wants Government support for smaller A and P shows

Southern Field Days chairman Warren Ross takes a call at the event last year. Photo / Stephen Jaquiery

Exhibitors incurred costs preparing for the show.

Nearly all the exhibitors had supported the decision to cancel, he said.

“They appreciated the early warning.”

Another reason for staying with the decision to cancel was because the committee had no idea how they could restrict the crowd to only vaccinated people.

As volunteers checked tickets at the gates, it would be unfair to make them police it, especially when some unvaccinated people “would not make it easy for them”.

The Government should provide support for smaller A&P shows affected by Covid-19.

“Absolutely.”

Nash said rural events such as Wanaka A&P Show and Southern Field Days appeared eligible for the scheme.

Event organisers must agree to distribute funds accordingly to suppliers, which incurred costs that could not be recovered.

The scheme was designed to support events that had the highest economic and social impacts in communities.

Professional organised events with large attendance played a big part in how widely the impacts were felt, Nash said,

The high cost of delivering large-scale events meant organisers were also the most likely to cancel if there was no financial support on offer.

Smaller regional events had received backing in the wake of Covid-19, through the $50 million Regional Events Fund.

The fund was allocated to regional bodies to distribute to events they identified themselves as priorities for their districts.

The Development Clutha group had received $1.5 million from the fund, Nash said.

Another fund, the Domestic Events Fund, gave $10 million direct financial support to small scale events like the Mackenzie Highland A&P Show, the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show, the New Zealand Agricultural Show, and Fieldays.

Agricultural Shows Australia chairman Dr Rob Wilson, of Perth, said the Australian Federal Government had given $59 million to assist agricultural show societies as they recover from the cost of cancelling due to Covid-19, including a second round of $25 million in October.

The funding was designed to keep show societies solvent so they could run shows in the future.

“It has kept them alive.”

The financial support enabled show organisers, stakeholders and communities the confidence to plan and implement shows next year and beyond, Wilson said.

All sized shows were eligible to recover fixed costs from the fund.

The fund did not cover exhibitors, but the latest funding includes $4 million to support the people who provided food and run entertainment.

– Additional reporting Sandy Eggleston, Karen Pasco.

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