2020 Mossman Show cancelled


Karlie Brady


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The 69th Mossman Show will not go ahead in 2020. Image: Newsport.

In what is not surprising news, the Mossman and District Show Society has today announced the 69th annual Mossman Show will not go ahead this year, however, thanks to a large funding boost the grounds will get an upgrade.

Mossman and District Show Society President Matthew Hatfield said it was an unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel.

“It was a hard decision but obviously with COVID-19 it had to happen,” Mr Hatfield said.

He added it also would have been difficult and unviable to get the carnival attractions up here as other shows were cancelling and they follow the carnival circuit.

“We are currently looking at the viability to run some kind of small event later in the year to benefit the community,” he said.

Organisers are determined the show will be back next year bigger and better than ever following the announcement that the Mossman and District Show Society will receive $478,700 to renew and reinvigorate the show grounds.

The grant comes under the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he wants to see the Mossman show continue to grow and this grant will ensure it has the best facilities.

“The annual agricultural show is always a big event, and thanks to this grant our next one will be better than ever,” Mr Entsch said.

“The grant will be used by the Mossman and District Show Association to construct a new amenities building with showers and change rooms, a canteen and a first aid room at the showgrounds.

Mr Hatfield said the funding announcement was a massive boost for the Mossman show.

“This funding will ensure we can continue to run a successful show with the facilities to match,” Mr Hatfield said.

“This funding doesn’t only support the show association; it also supports junior sporting clubs, community organisations and the wider Douglas Shire who use the facilities.

“I also wanted to thank the Douglas Shire Council for assisting us with the application,” he said.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said grants like this benefit both agricultural show societies and regional communities.

“Agricultural shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I am aware that many regional towns have had to cancel events this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“These grants will help our show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities so that when their next event rolls around they will be even more attractive to show-goers.

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