Concerns about the Royal Launceston Show’s future were raised on Monday.
Low attendance numbers and the need to find a new site have caused the show society to question whether the event would continue past 2017.
A portion of the showground has been gifted to the University of Tasmania for its relocation to Inveresk, and show society president Jock Gibson told The Examiner costs of relocating the show would be too much to be worthwhile, if the community wouldn’t support the event.
City of Launceston acting general manager Mike Tidey said land ownership changes were not “a major stumbling block” for the future of the show.
““We have put several conditions in place around our support, including that the show society board make it abundantly clear to the Northern Tasmanians that public support and patronage this year is more vital than ever to secure the event for future years and to help ensure its sustainability going forward,” he said.
So if you plan on wandering through the show gates to support the event, here is a quick guide on all the finer details.
Everything you need to know about the Royal Launceston Show
Where is it?
Launceston Showground: enter the ground via the main gate off Forster Street at Invermay, behind the University of Tasmania Stadium.
When is it?
The show will run from October 12 to 14.
Thursday, October 12 is a public holiday for Northern Tasmania.
Thursday, October 12: 8.30am to 5pm
Friday, October 13: 8.30am to 10pm
Saturday, October 14: 9.30am to 5pm
Map and entertainment
- Not all showbags listed on the stall’s website will be available at the Royal Launceston Show
Adults (16+) $15
Children (five to 15) $6
Family pass (two adults and two children) $35
Friday night prices (after 5pm)
Early bird tickets
Available from Telstra shops in Launceston and Kingsmeadows or Heritage Isle Credit Union.
Adults (16+) $11
Children (five to 15) $5
Family pass (two adults and two children) $32
Friday night (after 5pm) $5
Early bird tickets can be purchased at launcestontickets.com.au.
Contact the show
Phone: 03 6331 6044
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