After some long discussions, the Griffith Show Committee met last night and made the difficult decision to cancel the annual show this year.
The group had previously entertained thoughts of postponing the event or hosting an online alternative but considering timing and the safety risks, they made the call to cancel the event and put their energies towards next year.
President of the society Brett Brown said that they didn't want to be the event that could bring COVID into Griffith.
"We'd be bringing people into the area from out of the area. We wouldn't be doing anything wrong, but we don't want to be sitting at the gate asking people if they've been double-vaccinated and we don't want to be the ones who spread it around the area," he explained.
"We all wanted to have it, but the safety of the community had to come first."
While the show itself won't be going ahead, the committee is still running the "No-Show Scarecrow" competition that proved so successful last year.
"We did it last year but this year we'll have a bit of prize money - You've got to build a scarecrow somewhere people can see it, send a photo and we'll judge it. We'll have the under 6, primary school age, high school and the open category," Mr Brown said.
"We're going to have a facebook thing as well - not a competition but just a 'show us what you were going to put in the show, send us some photos."
Mr Brown also said that they were keen to make next year's event particularly big to celebrate 100 years of the show, and wanted to include some young blood into the committee.
"We're going to go big. We're looking for new people and new ideas."
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