March 15, 2021
COVID-19 and other organisational difficulties have led to the cancellation of the 2021 Blackbutt Show.
The show was due to be held on May 15, and would have hosted the South Burnett Sub-Chamber finals of the Prime Beef Young Judges, Stud Beef Young Paraders and Stud Beef Young Judges competitions.
Blackbutt Show Society president Charles Gibling told southburnett.com.au the cancellation was “partly” due to COVID but also due to the time it takes to organise the cattle side of the show.
“The children’s rides and entertainment is easy,” he said. “But we just couldn’t get the judging and cattle side of it organised in time.
“With COVID and the other restrictions it was just a nightmare.”
The COVID-19 pandemic also led to the cancellation of the 2020 Blackbutt Show.
Mr Gibling hopes the Show Society may still be able to do something in conjunction with the Blackbutt Avocado Festival which is scheduled for September 11.
“We may be able to combine with AvoFest and make it a two-day event,” Mr Gibling said.
But this was not confirmed at this stage.
South Burnett Sub-Chamber secretary Glenda McArdle said arrangements for the Sub-Chamber’s beef cattle finals were still being discussed, but they could possibly be held as a stand-alone event at sometime after the Kingaroy Show is over.
The Sub-Chamber finals of the Ute Muster will still probably be held at Blackbutt Showgrounds on May 14.
The Dairy Cattle Young Judges and Dairy Cattle Paraders competitions will be decided at the Kingaroy Show on May 1, and the Rural Ambassador, Miss Showgirl and Dark Rich Fruitcake competitions will coincide with the Sub-Chamber Dinner which will be held at Proston on June 19.
The Kingaroy Show clashes with Beef 2021 in Rockhampton, the biggest event on the beef cattle calendar in Queensland this year.