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Sheepvention Rural Expo – Official Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Sheepvention Rural Expo 2020 has been CANCELLED.

The Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society Executive met via teleconference on April 1st 2020 to discuss the ability to hold Sheepvention amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Executive are extremely disappointed to inform our members, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers and attendees that Sheepvention is cancelled for 2020. Given the uncertainty in our current environment, it is impossible to continue planning for, and contributing financially to, an event that is unlikely to be held. The amount of temporary infrastructure required for Sheepvention would have meant we needed assurance that the mass gathering bans and closure of state borders would be lifted by the end of June. This confirmation would have been required by the end of this month. This isn’t possible given the orders that have been put in place by State and Federal Governments.

We are asking all our members to still renew your memberships if you haven’t already done so. Renewals were sent out in February. Memberships will be for a two year period and will include the 2021 Sheepvention. This would help the Society greatly with their cash flow given the total loss of income from hiring of the Showgrounds, Exhibition Centre and of course Sheepvention. You can also sign up electronically on our Hamilton P&A Society Membership page. Any member of the public is welcome to join.

We will be contacting our stakeholders electronically to inform them of this decision, and the impact for current and future arrangements. Our Office is currently closed but staff have access to emails from home and our message bank will be checked regularly. Our best form of contact is email at info@hamiltonshowgrounds.com.au if you need to get in touch.

With two years to plan we expect 2021 to be an amazing Sheepvention!

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