Gympie Show’s heartbreaking coronavirus announcement
THE Gympie Show is the latest confirmed casualty of the coronavirus crisis with the official announcement that this year's edition has been cancelled.
The Gympie District Show Society announced last night the 2020 Show would not go ahead after the Federal Government banned gatherings of over 500 people in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
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"There has not been a year without a local Show in Gympie since World War 2," Show Society president Graham Engeman said.
"Many people will be very upset, however the safety and wellbeing of our patrons, visitors and the local and wider community is far more important given the worldwide attention to containing this coronavirus pandemic.
"The Show Society Committee has a responsibility to our local community to support initiatives to promote safety in our region."
Mr Engeman said the cancellation would have a "ripple effect" on many people and organisations relying on it for "employment, funds, business and promotion".
"The Show itself will be under great financial strain without our major source of funding to replenish our costs to date and provide the seed funding necessary to prepare the 2021 show," he said.
"We will be in contact with our sponsors, vendors and space holders the next few weeks.
"We appreciate your understanding and patience as our team of volunteers work through the logistics and issues that come with cancelling an event on the scale and complexity of the three-day Gympie District Show."
The announcement drew sombre reactions on Facebook, with many lamenting a sad loss for the Gympie community in already trying times.