The Dimboola Show is one of several agricultural shows and field days across the region to receive federal funding to assist with planning for a 2021 event, after not holding an event in 2020.

Joining Dimboola on the list, Horsham Show, Warracknabeal Show, Nhill Show, Kaniva Show, and Murtoa Show are among 16 recipients across the Mallee electorate.

Events that were cancelled due to the pandemic were eligible for funding under a $34-million program.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said that the program was to reimburse eligible costs for shows and field days who had to cancel because of COVID-19.

“The Government is keen to ensure show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to continue in 2021. These events bring our families and farmers together, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city,” he said.

Member for Mallee Anne Webster welcomed the announcement.

She said that shows and field days were uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for local communities as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.

“I am very pleased that 16 shows and field days across Mallee are able to access this funding to help get them through this tough period and out the other side in a sound position to host again in 2021,” Dr Webster said.

Secretary of the Association of Agricultural Field Days of Australasia Wendy Franklin also welcomed the funding.

“Even if it’s to help cover costs such as rates, insurance and telecommunications, this support will go a long way towards ensuring next year we can bounce back bigger and better,” she said.