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Cancellation of the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Information for Horse Competition Stakeholders regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show Due to increased public concern, to protect the health of stakeholders and visitors, and in response to the Prime Minister and COAG’s direction that any organised mass gathering over 500 people should be cancelled, the 2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show is cancelled. It is distressing and disappointing to cancel the Show for 2020. There are many people who will be very upset by this decision, and this is the first time the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been cancelled because of a public health emergency since the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919. The safety and well-being of our patrons and visitors is paramount and out of precaution, and in consultation with NSW Health, The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has decided this is the best course of action. We appreciate that the cancellation of the Show is a huge disappointment for our Show community, particularly exhibitors and visitors from rural and regional NSW who love attending the Show to catch up with friends and celebrate with us every year. We acknowledge it has been an extremely difficult time for many of our competitors and exhibitors facing ongoing drought conditions and recent bushfires. In a bid to support these communities, there are several initiatives that the RAS has in place, including grants and scholarships supporting rural and regional communities, that will continue into 2020. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through the logistics and issues that come with cancelling an event with the scale and complexity of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 9704 1220.

Kind regards,


Lyndy Cornwell

Coordinator | Horse Competitions and Events

2020 Sydney Royal Easter Show Dates: Friday 3 – Tuesday 14 April

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