The Melbourne Show was scheduled to be held over 11 days from September 23 to October 3.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria president Matt Coleman said the RASV board was disappointed to make the decision to cancel the 2021 Royal Melbourne Show, but felt it important for all those planning to be involved in the event, including exhibitors, competitors, judges, stewards, sponsors and volunteers, to have certainty so they could make informed decisions in relation to their own arrangements.
The RASV chief executive officer Brad Jenkins said due to the operational constraints, challenges and risks in holding major events during the pandemic, particularly those with large, free-roaming crowds, the show had to be cancelled.
“It’s deeply disappointing that the Victorian community will not be able to come together with family and friends to enjoy the fun, discovery and excitement of the Royal Melbourne Show for the second consecutive year,” he said.
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