Katanning Agricultural Society recognised for “extraordinary effort” in proceeding with local show

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Katanning Agricultural Society vice- president Rosalie Baxter and president Jill Kowald.
Camera IconKatanning Agricultural Society vice- president Rosalie Baxter and president Jill Kowald. Credit: Tom Shanahan

The 2020 Katanning Agricultural Show was never in any doubt in the minds of Rosalie Baxter and Jill Kowald, despite dozens of neighbouring shows postponing or downsizing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The show was going ahead no matter what and the only way we would have stopped it is if the health department said ‘no we couldn’t go’,” Ms Kowald said.

The Katanning Agricultural Society president and vice-president have had their “extraordinary efforts” acknowledged with an award from the West Australian Showmen’s Association.

Katanning Agricultural Show vice-president Rosalie Baxter said they were determined to make the Show happen in 2020 to give the community something to celebrate at the end of a very difficult year.

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“We started the year being declared a drought-affected area, we then had our horrendous fires in February only to be followed by COVID where they shut down the regions,” she said.

“We needed to do something to reward the people for getting through it all, lift their spirits and to remind the community that there is still good things happening in the world.”

KAS Society president Jill Kowald said they worked closely with the Health Department to ensure the show met the necessary phase four COVID-19 protocols.

The show managed to set a new attendance record despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

“We provided hand sanitisers and books to give people the option to sign in and out, we had that all there to make people feel safer,” she said

Ms Kowald said the award recognised the hard work the Katanning community had put in to making the Show happen.

“I cried when I opened the box and got it. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

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