Cohuna Show reduced to one day

COHUNA show organisers are preparing for this year's event, on Saturday, March 16, but say it will be reduced in length and offerings.

LOSS. Friday night activities have been abandoned as Cohuna Show officials are forced to reduce activities to one day.

LOSS. Friday night activities have been abandoned as Cohuna Show officials are forced to reduce activities to one day.

Due to a lack of volunteers there will be no Friday night show, and the activities and events usually held then will not take place, according to Cohuna Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Society president Graham Peace.

"Whatever happened on Friday night's not going to happen," he said. 

"It was a meeting place for a lot of people and very well supported by the local public. But it's hard to put it all together and then front up again on a Saturday." 

Horse, dog and flower events will go ahead in 2019, Mr Peace said.

Gone will be sideshow alley, fireworks, rides and pavilion competitions. 

The annual Cohuna Show has failed to run only a couple of times in its 106-year history.

But organisers are ageing and are struggling to find new volunteers to help make the event happen.

"Over the years we've had a damn hard-working committee. Some of these blokes have been on it for 40 or 50 years," Mr Peace said.

"Comes a time when if we don't infuse some young blood into it, you can't do it."

The story is a familiar one for agricultural shows around the country.

Chief cattle steward and exhibitor Adam Dee said the move to a "partial event" represented "the beginning of the end" for the show.

"It's sad but that's just the way all country shows are going," he said. 

"Realistically we've all known the show was struggling for some time and no-one's put their hand up." 

Mr Peace said he wanted to thank all the members of the committees and the general public who had supported the show over the years.

"I'm disappointed that we can't continue with it. I'd love someone to pick up the ball and run with it next year. They'd certainly get lot of help and advice from us," he said.

There will be no show memberships this year and entry on Saturday, March 16 will be free.

The plight of the Cohuna Show follows the decision last October by Kerang Show organisers to conduct a one-day show. It had previously been staged as a two-day show since 1883.

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