A Lancefield Agricultural Show dog competition pre-COVID. Image source: Facebook.

LANCEFIELD Agricultural Show has been officially cancelled in 2021 – but parts of the show will go in a different format this year.

Lancefield Agricultural Society will still host three key components of the show circuit – the homecrafts, horse and poultry competitions.

Competitions involved in the three sections will go ahead, and depending on the restrictions at the time, will be either be online or in-person, with smaller groups at a time viewing the displays.

The reduced homecrafts schedule includes sections where the winners will go onto the regional and state finals and a large junior selection of craft, cooking and photograph – perfect timing for younger people now on school holidays.

Judy Stammers has been the Lancefield Show homecrafts steward for 15 years, and prior to that assisted with the event when it was a combined Lancefield Riddells Creek Show in the 1990s.

Poultry steward Julia Goodard said she felt it was really important for people to be part of something in the community, especially the children, in a year with very few opportunities to do things together.

“People’s entries will be dropped off at allotted times and the judges will come on the Saturday before show day as usual,” she said.

Organisers said pandemic restrictions on show day, Sunday October 17, would determine if anyone was able to view the crafts and poultry.

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t run all the fun parts of the show that the children really enjoy, with the rides and animals, this way they can still be involved,” show secretary Nikki Reeves said.

For schedules and entries, visit lancefieldshow.org.au, email lancefieldshow@live.com.au or phone 0409 386 875.

People can also keep updated on events or follow the Lancefield Agricultural Society Facebook page for more information.