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    Organisers of Horsham Show plan to retain a 142-year history of its main event on Sunday, using a virtual platform. 

Virtual Horsham show gains traction

Organisers of Horsham Show plan to retain a 142-year history of its main event on Sunday, using a virtual platform. 

Horsham Agricultural Society members have worked tirelessly to bring people a full itinerary for Victoria’s first all-online show day event.   

Secretary Andrea Cross said the day would be packed, with a virtual fashion parade, musical performances and announcements of pavilion winners. 

“Moving online has been a huge learning experience for members in the show community across Victoria,” she said. 

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“Sunday is still show day, but it’s virtual show day. The plan is at 9.45am we will livestream the opening with the show president.”

The program will run until 10pm, with prize winners announced throughout the day as part of the show’s arts, crafts and cooking competitions.   

Mrs Cross said the show society was working with judges from the Wimmera, across the state and globally to sift through more than 500 entries to select winners in 10 sections.  

“My first thoughts were to prepare for about 50 entries back in April, but it’s grown immensely,” she said.  

From now until Sunday, musicians will be uploading a song to Horsham Show’s Facebook page, each night at 8pm. The videos will be collated into a 20-minute clip, including performances from past show days, that will feature at 6pm on Sunday night. The virtual concert will showcase Horsham’s Brett Schmidt and Sarah Campisi, and former residents Kailee O’Beirne and Tegan Rudolf Fry. 

Mrs Cross said through the process of moving the show online, the event had gained greater interest from the public and other show societies across the state. 

“Our following has increased by 15 percent. We’ve got nearly 400 new likes on our Facebook page,” she said.  

Mrs Cross said she hoped to use what she had learned to help other show societies with modelling for future events.  

“What we’ve done with the virtual show will be a new template for future shows,” she said.

“I will be looking to roll out a strategy to support our small country shows to see what would work well for smaller shows.” 

Show bags will be sold from Horsham Plaza from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. 

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