Batlow Show committee eyes better 2021

Re-elected Batlow Show president Steve Ross is hoping for a better 2021.

The Batlow Show Society looked towards what they hope will be a much better 2021 at their annual general meeting on Tuesday night.

The meeting was held at the Batlow RSL Club so the members that turned up (about 14) could observe Covid-19 social distancing requirements.

“We yelled a bit,” president Steve Ross said.

The incumbent committee were all re-elected.

Steve Ross is again president, Kris Mouat vice-president, Lisa Bowden secretary and Peter Green treasurer.

“We tentatively made plans for next year’s show,” Mr Ross said.

The 2020 Show was one of the many casualties of Covid-19, in what has been perhaps the worst year in the town’s history.

“It was the first year anyone could remember it not being held,” he said.

The events that have made the show a success over the years are expected to go ahead again, such as the scarecrow competition, poultry show and ring events, but organisers are open to other possibilities, and to anyone else who might want to get involved and contribute.

“New people and new ideas are always welcome,” Mr Ross said.

He would like to see others join what is a good team, one which gives him confidence that the 2021 Show, should it go ahead, will be a success.

“We have a really great bunch of people here running the show, who are enthusiastic and confident about it.”

Another factor pointing towards a successful 2021 Show is the irrigation system currently being installed at the showground.

“Getting water in there should have the ground in perfect condition,” Mr Ross said. 

The show is due to be held on the fourth Saturday in March next year, and the committee will be again meeting on October 6, and then on the first Tuesday of each month until the show.

Mr Ross is aware that having the show return in 2021 will be a positive for a town which has suffered so many negatives in 2020.

“We need everything we can get,” he said.

“All the festivals are gone for this year and we would love to get them all back.”