Ag Shows Australia confirms new dates for national finals

Sydney Royal Easter Show will now host two years of national finals for Young Judges and Rural Ambassadors following Ekka cancellation

The Young Judges competition will go on – but not until 2022 when it will be held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from the 8 to 19 April

Agricultural Shows Australia has confirmed that the 2021 National Championships for Young Judges and Rural Ambassadors will be hosted at the 2022 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The competitions, that see 70 people under the age of 25 selected to represent their state and compete in one of ten areas of interest from poultry judging to dairy cattle parading, were scheduled to be held at the 2021 Royal Queensland Show, Ekka.

However, following the shock cancelled of EKKA days prior to the opening due to COVID-19 restrictions in South-East Queensland, the National Championships for Young Judges and Rural Ambassadors had to be rescheduled.

Agricultural Shows Australia Executive Officer Katie Stanley said that several options were considered prior to the decision to postpone the national finals.

“Our priority is our duty of care to competitors, sponsors and volunteers and with the support of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS of NSW), Queensland National Competitions Organising Committee and the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW; the decision was unanimous that Sydney Royal should host the National Finals in 2022,” Ms Stanley said.

This decision now means that both the 2021 and 2022 National Championships will be held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from the 8 to 19 April 2022.

“Agricultural Shows Australia, RAS of NSW, ASC of NSW and Queensland Ag Shows will endeavour to make sure all competitors gain the most out of the experience of competing in a National Championship.”

More details on this will be circulated as the event approaches.

“Rescheduling the event will allow recognition of the skills and expertise that these Young Judges and Rural Ambassadors possess along with countless opportunities in terms of development and networking.”

“The decision to reschedule reflects the commitment of Agricultural Shows Australia to ensuring the longevity of agricultural shows, education and involving the next generation of enthusiasts.”

The ten competitions rescheduled are:

● National Rural Ambassador finals

● Beef Cattle Judging

● Dairy Cattle Judging

● Merino Sheep Judging | Sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation

● Meat Sheep Breeds Judging

● Merino Fleece Judging | Sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation

● Beef Cattle Parading

● Dairy Cattle Parading

● Poultry Judging | Sponsored by Australian Eggs

● Alpaca (Animal and Fleece)