Monday, 6 July 2020
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Thoughts on the ‘show that never happened’

by BETH HERN

This week should have been Boonah Show week, but COVID-19 happened.

Who could have imagined that a virus could change everything in our lives so drastically?

The Show Schedules were printed, 1,000 Junior Show Schedules were ready to be delivered to every school student in the district, the advertising flyers were all printed, ready to be distributed.

A great line up of entertainment was booked, with the feature attraction to be The Rooftop Express, who hadn’t performed at the Boonah Show before, and a new music themed Fireworks display was being prepared by KC Fireworks.

All of the old crowd favourites were also booked.

‘Showday on Line’ was all set up, ready to take all the entries, and the webpage was all set to receive entries. 

A special new feature, an interactive, virtual reality presentation, ‘Showcasing Boonah’, which was a joint project with the Boonah Chamber of Commerce, was on the drawing board. And we had also just been advised that we were successful with a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant application for $22,000 to produce the visual showcase. As soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, work will begin on this exciting project.

Show Ed was taking on a new format, with everything being held in and around the various sections such as a scavenger hunt, and a special interactive area for the Preps to Year 3s, which was going to continue on Saturday. It was to be run by our Junior Committee.

Our Animal Nursery was taking on a new format, with the area enlarged and being managed by new Committee Members, Gemma and Clint Irwin, who had such enthusiastic ideas to have a huge variety of animals for the children to pet and feed. We were really looking forward to having our own Show Society Animal Nursery, rather than the commercial type we have had recently.

Last week would have been a hive of activity at the show grounds, with all the Stewards preparing their areas and the men getting the grounds prepared. Entries would have been flooding into the office, and sideshows would have been filling the grounds. This is always a busy and exciting time where volunteers put in many long hours!

But here we are, stuck in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic. 

It was extremely hard, and in my case, heartbreaking, to make the decision to cancel our show, but the reality was it really was not our decision, COVID-19 made sure of that.

Everything has been rebooked for next year, if anyone wants to souvenir a show schedule or flyer to remember the ‘show that never happened’, we have plenty to give away, before they get dumped! 

We will be back next year, bigger and better, but things may be a bit different post COVID-19, on the 28th and 29th May, 2021.

— Beth Hern, Show Secretary