After a tough year, last week brought great news for the Nambucca Valley: its biggest cultural event will be back with a bang in 2021.
The Macksville Show has been a highlight on the local social calendar for over 100 years, since Mr M Wallace staged the first show in his paddock behind the Macksville Hotel in April, 1907.
So it was a blow to the whole community when COVID put a plug in plans for the 2020 event.
But the well-loved show has survived through two world wars, and now, two pandemics.
Confident that country shows can be made COVID-19 safe, NSW Health has announced that up to 5000 people will be able to attend at a time, not counting organisers and volunteers.
Show President Michael Ettelson said with usual gate numbers averaging 3000 to 4000 over the two days, the Macksville Show fits well within NSW Health's parameters.
He was thrilled about the news and he's very excited to announce next year's event is being planned for April 16 and 17.
"It means a lot to us, this event. It's what we're geared up to do," he said.
"And it's about community. This is our major Nambucca Valley event and it's a great thing for all the people who contribute to these shows. Now they can start growing produce, and getting horses and cattle and other livestock ready.
"It just gets everyone back up and running."
Mr Ettelson said the society was still waiting for the specific COVID Safe regulations regarding the running of agricultural shows to be released before they finalise plans.
But he said they expect to distribute programs by the end of January.
"The pavilion, cattle and ring events will all continue, and so will the fireworks, pending regulations on fire," he said.
And there's already one ring performer booked in - Aussie FMX Freestyle Motorcross riders will entertain the crowds with their nail-biting stunts.
With recent improvements to both the drainage and power during the 2020 downtime, the showground is primed to host its best event.
But for that to happen, it also needs you.
"This is a call out to people to start planting, start getting ready, and for any volunteers who would like to help," Mr Ettelson said.