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It’s finally showtime – the Whittlesea Show returns

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By Max Davies

The Whittlesea Show is all set for this weekend after having been postponed last year, with community members assisting organisers with preparations in the lead up to one of the town’s biggest events.

Originally planned for November last year, the Whittlesea Show was postponed after prolonged rain caused the showgrounds to become too wet for organisers to complete preparations and raised accessibility concerns for visitors.

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Thanks to warmer weather and minimal rain in the past two months, Whittlesea Agricultural Society has been able to prepare for the show, rescheduled to Saturday and Sunday.

Society president Erica Hawke said the show’s committee of organisers was disappointed to have delayed the show, but that a full cancellation was not an option after the show was abandoned due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

“We didn’t want to cancel it at all because we know it’s a good opportunity for the local community groups and businesses who come out to support the show and connect with members of the community,” she said.

“During October [last year] the grounds were just so wet, we could barely walk around in boots and the car park was flooded.”

Most entertainers, activities and rides that were planned for the show’s original date will be present this weekend, featuring talent from across the City of Whittlesea, Snake Safe Victoria, sheep dogs and a circus.

The free entertainment and activities will include an animal nursery, art, livestock, food expo, and a display farming equipment and machinery.

Ms Hawke said the society was proud the show was still firm on its agricultural roots, providing an insight into the history of the area – a rural backdrop just outside urban development.

“There’s been a real buzz of excitement around the grounds. The circus arrived last week and once it got here we thought ‘okay, this is really happening’,” she said.

“There’s a strong agricultural theme and the history of the Whittlesea area is on display through a lot of the exhibits, rides, activities and products that we have on offer.

“We know there are a lot of people excited – the community is looking forward to it. We’ve had working bees taking place to help get everything ready and we’re just keen to get going.”

The Whittlesea Show will be at the Whittlesea Showgrounds from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

To purchase tickets, people can visit www.ticketebo.com.au/whittlesea-agricultural-society-inc/2022-whittlesea-show.

For more information, visit the Whittlesea Agricultural Society’s website at www.whittleseashow.org.au or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/whittleseashow.

A woodchopping competition will feature as part of the Whittlesea Show’s entertainment. ​

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