Many communities around the state are facing their second year without a country show as concerns about coronavirus and the financial impacts of running a COVID-safe event take a toll.
One of those is Wingham, on the NSW Mid North Coast, which made the "tough decision" this week to cancel for 2021.
The cost of complying with COVID-19 restrictions played a part, despite a $5,000 grant from the State Government.
"It would have been a financial blow if we ran the show with all these restrictions in place. It wasn't really financially viable for us," show society president Elaine Turner said.
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Article written by: Hannah Palmer, Kerrin Thomas and staff