This facebook post by Fran Haslin (copied with her permission) gives a great overview of the events leading to the decision to run this new event in 2017: A bit of background first; for many years the National Show was in October, it was well attended and grew over many years. A few years ago people began to say it was at the wrong time of the year, that animals were over fleeced and past their best. Members were surveyed and August was overwhelmingly chosen as the best time for the show. A lot of other shows, including Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Royals and the Charles Ledger are around that time so the National and Colourbration had to fit between those. Members and potential buyers voted with their feet this year, numbers for the National were down as many people opted to only go to one show and that was Colourbration. Jenny Ford, who has done a wonderful job building Colourbration up to what it is now, had come to a point where she felt it had become too much for her to manage on her own. The concept of a combined show was discussed at this year's Colourbration with a number of people, including some of the VCR committee. All were in agreement that a combined show was the way of the future. Maybe some people don't like name, a lot of alternatives were considered, the name Spectacular is seen to encompass the spirit of both shows and was supported by the board. Both shows will be still there, VCR members should not see it as losing Colourbration, rather as gaining the National! For the people who think Spectacular sounds like there will be singing and dancing to entertain the audience, have you seen the Saturday night party after a few drinks? Nothing more to be said really! The deciding factor in putting this proposal forward was the fact that NO expressions of interest in running the 2017 National Show were received by the cut off date. In other words if this joint show doesn't happen then the National Show wasn't going to happen anyway. Bendigo is by far the best venue in Australia for a big show, it is also very central to everyone and the cost of having a show there is less than venues like Sydney Showground. Interstate competitors will have the advantage of being able to attend both shows without having to choose one or the other or make the trip twice in a short period of time. Rest assured the convenors are determined to keep the relaxed and fun atmosphere of Colourbration as well as the tradition of the National Show. The format will be to intersperse the colour and age sections, culminating with the Supreme Colours and the Supreme Age Champion. All National trophies will still be there so that tradition will continue. Having full colour and age championships will give every breeder of every colour a chance to shine at the one event. Watch out for a Powerpoint presentation being compiled by Angela Preuss which will explain the process in detail. I hope people will give this concept a chance next year as the organisers and the board are confident it will be a big boost to the industry encouraging more participation and will bring more overseas interest in the combined event. I may be biased but I think the combination of Jenny, who has undisputed skills in managing a great event, and Paul, who has a wealth of experience in running National Shows, will deliver a show that will be both fun and professional.