The Batlow Show Society has unanimously agreed to continue with the 2020 Batlow Show, on Saturday, March 28.
Despite the devastation to the district from the January 4 bushfire, the atmosphere was positive at a meeting Tuesday, president Steve Ross said.
“We held off on having an emergency meeting to give everyone time to get back on their feet after the fire, he said.
“If we had held a meeting earlier we almost certainly would have cancelled. In the last week most of us have got back on track, either finding somewhere to live or moving back home. Those who own orchards or work in the industry are thinking about the first pick of apples in a few weeks and we are all able to shake ourselves off and move forward.”
The Batlow Show organisers aim to have an even bigger and better show than normal and have invited the whole community and surrounding regions to join them in a day of family fun and celebration.
There will be a special class for bush fire related entries and several new classes that had already been planned: “Burnt Not Broken” will be a special class across all sections.
Perhaps people have a pot plant that was singed and brown but is making a remarkable comeback, or they made an item from salvaged burnt things. Mr Ross said people could take them along and the show committee will enter them in the most appropriate section.
Secretary Sarah Kynaston said the show committee hopes the photography section grows this year.
“The black and white classes and collection of three photos will certainly lend themselves to some amazing photos showing both the devastation but also the hope and regeneration in the area,” she said.
“Everyone has taken photos in the last month, and many of them are haunting and special. Obviously all the other classes are there as normal and so enter your photos taken since the last show.”
“There are also new classes in the craft section which we hope will bring out the humour and creativity in everyone. Not only is there wire art, but original Lego model by an adult and, one we’re really looking forward to, Handmade Mailbox.”
To complement the Tiny Tots section the committee has decided to have a Best Dressed Senior Show Goer this year.
More information about this will be released as the show gets closer.
“The horse rings have also had a major revamp with a new program for the breed ring, classes for brumbies, and a non jacket fun ring which includes a class for riders with a disability.
Mr Ross said the show wanted to thank and celebrate Batlow’s amazing community.
“All competition entry fees in the pavilion, poultry shed and horse rings will be waived. After the fire the pavilion entries will almost certainly be affected and so we want everyone to enter what they can for free.” Mr Ross said.
“Usually much of the food prepared in the luncheon room is donated; this year we won’t be asking for donations.
“Given the circumstances of the last month, we ask that everyone joins with us to make this a fantastic day. Some things may not run as smoothly as usual and we know that one of our perpetual trophies, from the knitting section was destroyed in the fire, so please enter things to make the pavilion look as stunning as usual, come along on the day and participate in all that’s on offer. Just have fun. Batlow may be burnt but it’s not beaten!”