BENDIGO'S annual agricultural show has been cancelled again due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is the second time in the show's history it has not run, with the exception of wartime, after coronavirus forced last year's event to be cancelled as well.
This year's show was due to take place in late October. Now, the show committee will now aim to instead host its first virtual show.
Bendigo Agricultural Show Society chief executive Ian Furze said the committee had delayed the decision to cancel for as long as it could.
He said the society was extremely disappointed the show would not go ahead for a second year.
"However, we have announced the introduction of the inaugural Virtual Ag Show, which will provide exhibitors and supporters the opportunity to participate in a range of competitions to be held online or independently," he said.
"We will be creating a virtual, online show which will include many favourite sections which everyone can participate in, display their skills and create a positive community event during these challenging times."
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Bendigo's Virtual Ag Show will aim to be in October.
Mr Furze said although the decision had only just been made, the committee was already working on possibilities and would seek sponsors and announce a program shortly.
He said there could also be opportunities to livestream the judging of some sections.
"Regional communities are greatly affected by cancellations of the show and other major events in 2020 and 2021, so we want to bring the community together to conduct a quality event which is safe, permitted and we'll have a bit of fun along the way,' he said.
Last week, it was announced that White Night Bendigo would be rescheduled to next year due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
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