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    THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Horsham’s Eadie Hartigan displays a decorated biscuit she has entered in this year’s Virtual Horsham Show. Prizemoney is up for a grabs in a range of categories as show leaders look to provide something for the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

AgLife: Horsham Show entries filling inbox

Horsham Show leaders are buoyed by a ‘better than expected’ amount of entries for this year’s ‘virtual’ show competitions.

With uncertainty surrounding public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, show leaders decided to run an online event for 2020. 

They launched the Virtual Horsham Show in May to capture an audience looking for ways to keep busy in self-isolation.

Horsham Agricultural Society secretary Andrea Cross said a daily Facebook photo challenge, launched on May 1, was proving popular.

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The challenges, for ‘bragging rights’, will run up until show eve, September 26.

Show leaders have already started receiving entries for this year’s competitions online at

Prizemoney is up for grabs, with entries closing on September 19.

“We are offering almost 50 competitions, many of which we traditionally find in the Home Industries and Homecraft Pavilion,” Mrs Cross said.

“We are encouraging people to make their entries and submit photos for judging.”

Competitions are based on five categories: From your kitchen; from the garden; from your photography or art studio; from your lounge-room floor; and from our partners Art is… festival and Horsham Youth Council.


Art is… organisers have also elected to run this year’s festival online.

“We saw an opportunity to partner with them to benefit both events in this changing world,” Mrs Cross said.

“Webinars organised by the Art is… festival have begun to teach people the art of poetry, with a rug-making workshop coming up on July 4 and a children’s picture-book illustration workshop scheduled over four Wednesdays in August.”

Lorette Broekstra will lead the illustration workshops from 6pm to 8pm.

Mrs Cross thanked major show partner Saines Lucas Solicitors for coming on board.

“Without their generous support, our virtual show would not have been possible,” she said.

“Their sponsorship covers all the prizemoney, which we’ve never offered before.  

“We hope it is an incentive for people who wouldn’t normally enter the show, to have a go.”

Mrs Cross said for the first time, many of the competitions were open to people of all ages and abilities.

“If people don’t have access to a computer to enter competitions, they can get a copy of the schedule of competitions from the show office and return with their entries on Thursdays between 1pm and 5pm, and we’ll assist them by taking a photo of their entry,” Mrs Cross said.  

Virtual Horsham Show participants can also enter a $100 showbag giveaway.  

“Gordon Richards from Showbag Warehouse isn’t missing the opportunity to ‘go virtual’ with us this year,” Mrs Cross said.

“As Victoria’s first virtual show, we are delighted to announce that Gordon has offered this fabulous prize to one lucky family.”

Mrs Cross said to enter, people needed to buy a showbag online from and take a photo of themselves or their children with the showbag once they arrive in the mail.

People can submit their entries via email to by September 19 to go in the draw. The winner will receive a $100 voucher, to be redeemed at the 2021 Horsham Show.

“Competitors are encouraged to visit the show website and Facebook page to keep up with Victoria’s first virtual show,” Mrs Cross said.

The entire June 24, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire June 24, 2020 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!