Victor Harbor and Normanville pageants are the latest victims of COVID-19

No cheer this year: Christmas and New Years pageants have been cancelled in Victor Harbor and Normanville. Photo: File.
No cheer this year: Christmas and New Years pageants have been cancelled in Victor Harbor and Normanville. Photo: File.

The Victor Harbor Christmas Pageant and Normanville New Year's Eve Pageant are the latest events to fall victim to COVID-19, now both ruled out for 2020.

Rotary Victor Harbor Chair Community Services Committee, Rob Williams, said that due to difficulties surrounding organising and managing a large scale event amid COVID-19 restrictions, the committee had made the call to cancel this year's Victor Harbor Pageant.

"In lieu of the pageant, the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay Rotary Club are planning a Festival of Christmas event which will run from Monday 7 December to Saturday 12 December," Mr Williams said.

"Christmas lights displays, a Christmas tree competition, static float displays and more are being considered for the week."

"The Rotary clubs are keen to put on an event that will be just as enjoyable for our community and will look forward to outlining the activities in more detail soon."

A spokesperson from the Normanville New Year's Eve Pageant Committee said cancelling the event was a tough decision, but one aimed at keeping the community safe.

"With the density of the amazing crowd that gathers every year at our pageant we have weighed up the risk and our ability to keep our community safe," the spokesperson said.

"It would be impossible for us to manage the 1.5m social distance rule and contact tracing requirements. We simply don't have the resources to achieve or enforce what is required by law.

"We understand the disappointment it will bring, but please also understand we have explored a range of options but are unable to deliver a Covid safe compliant event in 2020.

"The health and safety of our community is a priority and we all need to keep doing the right thing to keep SA in the great position we are currently in.

"We look forward to creating a fantastic pageant in 2021."