The Nowra Show Society celebrated National Ag Day with a special luncheon, albeit it physically distanced, on Friday, November 20,
The society's annual show luncheon earlier in the year was postponed due to COVID-19.
The Nowra Showground Pavilion was again the venue for Friday's event, which was hosted by 2019 Nowra Showgirl Chloe Bishop and 2020 showgirl Annalise McDonald and celebrated agriculture, and in particular farmers and the incredible job they do to keep the country functioning.
"This is the fourth annual National Ag Day, which is about celebrating agriculture in the country," Ms Bishop said.
"And the critical role it plays, not just here but across the country.
"Australia has good food security and without farmers that doesn't happen."
Guest speakers being father and son, and long-time supporters and Nowra Show officials John Bennett OAM and Merv Bennett OAM.
They gave a fantastic account of how farming and agriculture has changed over the years, particularly with the move from horse drawn implements to modern day machinery and the role horses have played on the land and in the shows.
Merv provided a short history lesson for the gathering, recounting many of the local farmers on the Brundee flats and the agricultural changes he has experienced in his lifetime.
The big news was the Nowra Show, COVID-19 outbreaks aside of course, would be going ahead in 2021.
Society president Mark Stewart said the committee is hoping the 2021 Nowra Show will go ahead, albeit possibly in an abridged version.
"We are planning for the show to go ahead," he said. "But of course, with COVID there will be some restrictions and changes.
"We just have to hope NSW continues the way it is in its battle against the virus and next year's show can take place."
Chris Cook and her hard working group of volunteers again provided a superb three-course "home cooking" meal for the guests.
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