The Royal Adelaide Show would have gone ahead this week, here’s how SA has responded to its 2021 cancellation. (Image: The Adelaide Family Carnival Facebook page)

By Rylee Cooper | RyleeCooper5

Two carnival operators have launched a free family carnival in Adelaide to combat the impact the cancellation of the 2021 Royal Adelaide Show had on their business.

Bell’s Amusements and Amusement Service Australia were originally meant to take part in the Royal Adelaide Show this year, however, its cancellation gave them the unique opportunity to host their own carnival.

The Adelaide Family Carnival will operate for the next two weekends at Edwards Park on Anzac Highway, with sessions running for up to 1000 people at a time.

The free carnival is also open to the participation of local suppliers who might have been impacted by the cancellation.

Carnival Director Selina Bell of Bell’s Amusements told Glam Adelaide they invited local suppliers affected by the Royal Adelaide Show cancellation to participate.

“Like they say we’re in this together,” she says.  

The Adelaide Family Carnival will feature popular children’s rides such as the Magical Tea Cups, as well as new thrill rides including the No Limits and the Super Sizzler.

“We’re excited to be getting back to work and to be able to put on a show that represents a fun family atmosphere,” Mrs Bell says. 

The Royal Adelaide Show was cancelled just 23 days ahead of its 2021 return due to rising concerns about the Delta variant in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

In a regular year, the Show can attract over 50,000 members of the public per day and offers around 10,000 jobs.

After last year’s cancellation, many stallholders were looking forward to this year’s Adelaide event, following the cancellation of both the Royal Melbourne Show and the Queensland Ekka.

General Manager of the Royal Adelaide Show Michelle Hocking says the cancellation is disheartening.

“Clearly, we’re disappointed that there’ll be no Royal Show this year for a second consecutive year,” she says.

However, Mrs Hocking isn’t going to let the cancellation stand in the way of the public still being able to enjoy certain elements of the show, bringing a lot of their attractions online.

“We’re trying to give the public a little bit of a taste for the Royal Show…via theshow.com.au and also our social media platforms, we’ve got some activity happening.”

Mrs Hocking says show-themed events will still be taking place online, from people sharing their Royal Adelaide Show moments via the hashtag #rasmoments on Monday, to hosting their famed cake decorating and photography competitions online.

When the order was made for the cancellation of the Show, Mrs Hocking says tickets were already “flying out the door” and expects a big turnout in 2022.

“We really believe there will be a lot of demand for the Royal Show to come back bigger and better in 2022.”

The Adelaide community has also rallied around the impacted showgoers, with many major businesses doing all they can to try and support the affected small businesses.

Kytons Bakery, who was planning to attend the 2021 Show, is offering home deliveries as a COVID-friendly solution for those who were excited to purchase their products at the Show.

Similarly, a popular food vendor at the Royal Adelaide Show, Dagwood Dog, has set up shop in front of the Adelaide Entertainment centre for ten days so that people don’t miss out on their “show food fix”.

Drakes Foodland is stocking 27 different showbags that would have otherwise gone to waste, offering everything from Trolli to Pokemon Go.

If you’re missing the Royal Adelaide Show, and would like to support these efforts, check out the Adelaide Family Carnival and theshow.com.au