ONE of the district's largest agricultural celebrations will break with a tradition, becoming a one-day event in October.
The Kerang and District Agricultural Society decided last week to hold its 134th annual Kerang Show on Monday, October 8 due to a lack of volunteers and Gannawarra Shire Council's decision not to grant a public holiday for the event.
Although show organisers successfully ran a school education program during the second day of events to entice people to visit Alexandra Park on the second day of last year's event, entry numbers in a number of traditional agricultural events – including cattle and equine competitions – dropped as people could not get the day off work or school.
"It takes a lot of work to put on a two-day show and provide enough entertainment for people who attend," agricultural society president, John Poole said.
"We will be appealing for as many people as possible to help out on the day as we will have to move all of Tuesday's events to the Monday.
"We will also have to look to try and fit another two horse rings within the venue."
Due to the show needing to fit in with other Northern District events, organisers are not able to move Kerang's largest agricultural showcase to the weekend either side of the scheduled event time as it would clash with shows at Swan Hill and Boort.
However, a number of events will occur on-site on Sunday, October 7 due to growing support from organisers.
"We hope the pony club will be able to run events on the Sunday for school children, and the dog show organisers want to extend their show, meaning it will now start on the Sunday afternoon," Mr Poole said.
Last week's meeting followed on from a call for support after the society failed to fill vacancies for its key managerial positions at last month's annual meeting.
Mr Poole – a life member of the society – took on the presidency from Geoff Davey, whilst Mr Poole's wife and fellow life member, Sue is the secretary.
"We have a junior vice-president, but have not been able to fill the senior vice-president position at this stage," Mr Poole said.
"We have also gained some new members for the committee, but I would encourage anyone who would like to help out to come and assist us.
"We are hoping a one-day show will be successful."