The Bogan Shire Council is calling for local schools to be given a full-day public holiday so more people can attend and take part in Nyngan’s show.
It is applying for a half-day public holiday, but wants schools to be given the entire day off to boost numbers at the event.
The mayor Ray Donald said during the past two years, schools have remained open in the morning which has affected turnout at the show.
“It certainly has adversely affected the attendance at the show, and I think the attendance at the school as well, because there’s not 100 per cent attendance there on the Monday morning,” Mayor Donald said.
“We are hoping that common sense can prevail here, with the understanding of a small rural centre, and have the schools accrue the time needed to make up for that half day which they are able to do so they can have their mid-term breaks.”
Mayor Donald said many school-aged participants played a critical role in keeping the event alive.
“It’s a major community event and we’ve preserved it well through the dedication of stewards so that we keep our two-day show, which not a lot of other places do.
“We want that to continue into the future and so that’s why we’re looking at these junior stewards and high school students to be able to facilitate their interest and maintain it after they leave school.”
The Department of Education said local schools were willing to support the show but could not vary school days based on requests of local organisations or councils.