By Claire Ottaviano
THE Swan View Show is appealing for funding to keep the 2021 return of the event free for the whole community.
In previous years the show has charged an entrance fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, but in the interest of keeping costs low for families doing it tough through COVID-19, the Swan View and Districts Agricultural and Art Society committee want to keep this year’s show free.
But to do that they need an additional $18,000 to help pay for the hire of marquees, staging, sound system, generators, St John Ambulance and other essentials.
“We have received a small amount from the Shire of Mundaring, which is fabulous, however we were unable to apply for a Lotterywest and Healthway grant until July 1,” committee treasurer Di Welch said.
“Which has put us in a bit of a bind, because Lotterywest have a four month consideration period for grants and therefore they can’t accept our grant application for our show date of September 4.
“Normally we ask for patrons who attend to pay, but with COVID and the fallout from that there are many people out of work and struggling, so we wanted to try and do a [voluntary] gold coin donation for entry, but that doesn’t then give us the guaranteed income we’d need.”
The show has been hosted in Swan View for 70 years, attracting more than 4000 visitors during the last show in 2018.
The 2019 Swan View Show was cancelled due to lack of volunteers and again in 2020 due to COVID-19.
“We’re putting the call out to local businesses to see if they would consider coming on board to support our not-for-profit community organisation by making a financial contribution to help us host the show,” Ms Welch said.
“If 20 businesses could donate $500 each that’s $10,000 and that would allow us to get the show on for the community.
“We’d welcome them to have a stall too to show off their businesses on the day.”
As well as monetary donations, donations of the physical items needed are also welcome.
The all-day event includes market stalls selling locally made wares, food trucks, rides, entertainment and displays including dog grooming, agility, woodcutters and more.
To find out more visit www.facebook.com/SwanViewShow