Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Erica Hawke says the decision to cancel the 2021 Whittlesea Show, one of Victoria's biggest two day shows, was 'extremely disappointing' but now the society is planning a range of events to see the year out.

Whittlesea Agricultural Society members are working towards its Irwin Stockfeeds Hoof and Hook Competition and the Education Competition after the annual Whittlesea Show was cancelled for a second year in a row.

The society is now inviting beef breeders to participate in the Hoof and Hook Competition on Sunday November 7. Applications close Saturday.

“This competition, usually part of the annual Whittlesea Show, provides an opportunity to beef breeders to benchmark their cattle against other local breeders,” president Erica Hawke said.

“While this year the competition will again be run with a very different platform due to COVID-19 restrictions, the society believes that due to the important annual feedback that this competition provides for the entrants, we should not fall victim this year.

“Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, stewards and all who enabled this competition to go ahead. Pending COVID restrictions we again hope to run a presentation dinner or afternoon on November 19.”

To enter visit https://showday.online/show/whittlesea.

Organisers are also working towards a street parade in the Whittlesea township as part of the preparations for the 2022 Whittlesea Show, as well as its inaugural Christmas Tree Festival at the society’s administration building.

“It would be wonderful to have the shopkeepers decorate their windows and sell Whittlesea Show inspired produce in celebration of the upcoming show. Let’s hope we get enough support to bring this idea to life,” Ms Hawke said.

The Christmas Tree Festival will greet visitors with a decorated display of trees, open daily from 12pm to 9pm, Friday December 10 to 23.

Ms Hawke said the events would not be possible without members and thanked all those who have joined this year, particularly the 14 new members who have joined this month, and newly elected member to WAS council, John Osky.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Whittlesea Agricultural Society can learn more at www.whittleseashow.org.au/society-membership/, or email info@whittleseashow.org.au or leave a phone message at the office on 9716 2835.

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