THE Tamworth Show Society is committed to doing all it can to ensure this year's Tamworth Show goes ahead.
Slated for September 4-6, the show remains one of Tamworth's only annual events not to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tamworth Regional Council recently estimated the raft of cancelled events would have an impact of $18 million to the local economy.
Show society committee member Shelli Lewington said the loss of events to the region meant it was more important than ever the show go ahead.
"I think people need a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel and basically we are just hoping the six-month estimate handed down by the government is a worst-case scenario," Mrs Lewington told the Leader.
"So far, the committee has put a lot of work into this year's show in the hopes that it can go ahead.
"I think the way we are looking at it is, we would rather put in the work and cancel later, than be able to go ahead as planned and have none of the work done."
Mrs Lewington said the committee would explore all avenues to meet regularly, while preparing for this year's show.
"Should we be told to cancel or postpone the event, we will of course do that, but in the meantime we will look at a lot of different ways to hold meetings," she said.
"Things like Skype, FaceTime and email are all things we can do to still plan for the show, while practicing social distancing."
Mrs Lewington said country shows such as Tamworth had been enjoying a resurgence in recent years.
"I think when you look at the amount of entries we have had over the past few years in the agricultural side of things, shows are certainly on the way back in," she said.
"Personally, I am the showgirls competition co-ordinator and the entries we have seen there have been very promising as well.
"I think a lot of people look forward to taking part in these kinds of competitions and we will be doing all we can to ensure they can compete again this year.
"Ultimately the final decision will be made on advice from the appropriate authorities but for now the show must go on.
"In the mean time the scheduled for all sections will be updated on a regular basis on the webpage and social media."