Royal Adelaide Show cancellation’s massive financial blow

Royal Adelaide Showgrounds are hoping to host a series of smaller events to make up for the hole left by the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show.

Among events in the venue’s calendar between October and December are The Home Show, Animal Expo, Science Alive!, SA Boating & Fishing Show and 4WD & Adventure Show and Adelaide Auto Expo.

Adelaide Showgrounds general manager Grant Piggott said the advice from SA Health indicated that events up to 5,000 people are within the accepted health guidelines.

“For those events to go through OK we need the world to stay as good or better than it currently is,” Piggott told The Advertiser.

“The concern will be if there’s infection in the state and we go backwards.”

The SA Agricultural and Horticultural Society cancelled next month’s planned Royal Adelaide Show saying a cap of 5,000 attendees a day made it untenable.

Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society chief executive John Rothwell said the financial hole left by the Show’s cancellation is “massive”.

“The fallout from closing The Show is massive in terms of time, follow-ups and dealing with customers,” he told The Advertiser.

Royal Adelaide Show general manager Michelle Hocking said they would try to replicate the spirit of the show with five days of online events instead.