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    Possible future Covid-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of this year’s Dorrigo Show.

    The next show will be held in November 2022.

    The move to cancel this year’s show was a unanimous one taken at a meeting of the Dorrigo Show Society General Committee.

    Society President, Sally Duckett, expressed deep disappointment at the decision to cancel.
    “This was not a decision easily taken,” she said.
    “At the end of the day it was about keeping our wonderful community safe; that is our responsibility.
    “We simply do not know what the Covid situation will be two months from now.
    “We could go ahead and plan the show for November this year, with all the attendant organisation, work and expectations.
    “We could allocate vital funds, make bookings, employ staff and encourage hundreds of exhibitors only to find at show week we are in lockdown.
    “All our efforts and the preparations and work of exhibitors, not to mention supporters coming from many parts of northern NSW… all of this would be for nothing.
    “The costs would be huge and we just can’t take such a risk.
    “Instead our hopes are that in 14 months time the Covid situation might be far more stable, vaccinations above 70 or 80 per cent and we would have a degree of surety that a show could be organised and run without the fear of a last minute cancellation.
    “These are the feelings of committee members and this is why the decision to cancel had the support of every person at our meeting.
    “It is very disappointing but we believe this decision is the right one and in keeping with our responsibility for the safety of the Plateau community and all visitors.
    ” We would like to thank all sponsors for continued support and all members who have paid membership.”

    • While the 2021 show has been cancelled the popular Show Raffle will run as usual and tickets are available from committee members or local businesses for just $5 each.
      Local business houses have generously offered $1,920 worth of
      vouchers with first prize valued at $1000.


    The Greatest Show on the Plateau is Back

    It’s official, it’s on, and it will be great; the Plateau’s premier rural display, Dorrigo Show, has been confirmed for November 26 and 27.

    After being forced, reluctantly, to cancel last year’s show because of Covid-19, the 2021 exhibition has been re-organised to run over Friday and Saturday. Sunday has been set aside for dismantling the pavilion and a general clean-up.

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    The show program will include some different scheduling, new sections and the aim of providing increased action for exhibiters and patrons in a Covid safe manner. Members are now encouraged to pay their membership for 2021 which includes unlimited entry into the 109th Dorrigo Show.
    Show Society President, Sally Duckett, said after the disappointment of 2020 committee members and volunteers are strongly motivated to renewing the show spirit on the plateau and making 2021 a year to remember.

    “This year, horse sections will start on Friday at 8am and continue on Saturday, utilising three rings and the cutting arena,” Sally said.

    “Events will include the Dorrigo Show Horse Challenge, which involves numerous horse-related skills including whip cracking, a water jump, negotiating obstacles, and gates.

    “The event tests the understanding between horse and rider and it is expected a number of the participating horses will be brumbies, reclaimed from Guy Fawkes National Park and trained for a variety of roles.

    “Midday Friday will be the start of the beef cattle section with junior and school classes and on Friday night we will host the extremely popular Dorrigo Rodeo, starting at 7 p.m.

    “An hour before the rodeo we’ll welcome a new event: The Back Track Boys, from Armidale with the very popular dog high jumping, some of the best reaching heights of almost three metres, an evening meal will also be available from the Catering Committee.

    “Saturday will be jam-packed with all our favourite entertainment: traders’ lane, sideshow alley, dairy cattle and poultry judging, a full woodchop program, bush dog trials and the grand parade.

    “We have included a new event on Saturday - Off The Track Ridden Thoroughbred. Showjumping will also run Friday and Saturday.

    “Our new showground lighting will give added appeal to the very popular motor bike time trial, fireworks and ute challenge.

    “In the pavilion, there will be some changes in when entry forms and exhibits need to be submitted. This will streamline our set-up processes and allow the pavilion to be open for public viewing as early as possible on Friday.

    “Please check the Show Schedule, when it is released, for these changes.” The 2021 Show will include the theme “ Women in Agriculture “.

    Women play an important role in all aspects of Agriculture, all sections of the Show will have a special class especially for women. Updates will be featured on our new look website.

    During the past 18 months the society has sponsored a number of “one off” events to maintain interest in rural activities and competition.

    The most recent involved a livestock and working dog clinic under the instruction of Scott Amon from Barru Working Kelpies.

    The Barru dogs are the result of 70 years of careful breeding and feature a quiet, low stress approach to moving stock with trained dogs.

    This step-by-step program, last week-end, demonstrated how to educate livestock and dogs at the same time. All participants appreciated the 2 day event which featured a camp oven dinner on Saturday night.

    Cattle and sheep were utilised for this event.

    New Show Format 2021

    Running Friday and Saturday, it will be two chock-full days of fun.

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    In the Pavilion, there will be some changes in when entry forms and exhibits need to be brought in, to streamline set-up processes and allow the Pavilion to be open for public viewing as early as possible on Friday. Please check the Schedule, when it comes out, for these changes.

    Horse sections will start on Friday at 8am and continue Saturday, utilising three Rings and the Cutting Arena. Events will include Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse and the Challenge, as well as a new event on Saturday—Off The Track Ridden Thoroughbred. Showjumping will also run Friday and Saturday.

    Midday Friday will see the start of the Beef Cattle section with junior and school Classes. Friday night will see the return of the popular Rodeo. Saturday will be jam-packed with all your favourites: entertainment, traders’ lane, sideshow alley, Dairy, Poultry, Woodchop, Bush Dog Trials and the Grand Parade. With the Showground boasting new lighting, the evening will see the very popular Motor Bike Time Trial, Fireworks and Ute Challenge.

    Sunday will see the dismantling of the Pavilion and clean up.


    Fruit & Vegetable Art Competition at the 2021 Dorrigo Show

    Sections 6/7, Class 40: Fruit and Vegetable Art

    Great prize money of $300 proudly sponsored by
    Plateau Farms
    Primary School children: 1st $40, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
    High School children: 1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20
    Open: 1st $60, 2nd $40, 3rd $20
    Lots of ideas are available on line.


    Great prize money proudly sponsored by
    Plateau Farms

    1st $100, 2nd $60, 3rd $40.....  Lots of ideas are available on line.


    The Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Inc. is proud to announce the launch of it's new website.  The new site is aimed at better informing you of what is happening through the Society as well as better representing our loyal sponsors.

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