2021’s Royal Adelaide Show has officially been called off thanks to fears around the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading throughout the city, organisers have confirmed.
The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA confirmed that they would be pulling the pin on the event for the second year in a row.
The cancellation of The Show comes just three weeks out from its scheduled start date.
This year’s slimmed-down version of The Show was set to be limited to just 10,000 punters per day, a day at The Show in non-COVID times typically attracts around 50,000 visitors per day.
Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement in a press conference on Thursday morning, pointing to not only crowd limits but the difficulty those behind attractions face crossing borders into the state at the moment.
“Crowd numbers are one issue but also many of the attractions, the rides come in from interstate,” the Premier told reporters.
Consistently high daily case numbers of the virus in Sydney, along with concerning mystery cases in Melbourne and new daily cases in Brisbane have given rise to renewed health advice for large events in Adelaide.
The Show has only been cancelled six times across its 182-year history. The Victorian Gold Rush put the event on hold in 1852, while the two World Wars, the Spanish Flu pandemic and now the COVID-19 pandemic have been behind the other cancellations.
Here’s to the 2022 Royal Adelaide Show!