Events | Hay Merino Sheep Show

2021 COVID-19

~ Requirements & Information for Exhibitors and members of the General Public ~

The Hay Merino Sheep Show Committee is committed to hosting a COVID-19 safe event.

All Exhibitors, Committee and general public are to adhere to the below COVID-19 requirements as outlined by the Australian Government Public Health order, and the Hay Shire Council COVID Safety plan. If the below requirements are not adhered to, the HMSS Committee hold the right to deny entry to any person/s to the 2021 show.

All Exhibitors, Committee and members of the general public must:

  • Complete mandatory sign in using the Service NSW QR code on entry to the Show. Manual sign in available but QR code encouraged for more accurate contact tracing abilities.
  • Follow all entry requirements as outlined at the gate, this may include the wearing of a wristband.
  • Only enter/exit the Show utilising the specified entry/exit points.
  • Utilise hand sanitiser stations at entry point and throughout pavilion.
  • Understand pavilion capacity limits will apply and limit will be displayed at entrance point. Once capacity is reached, gate will be closed for entry.
  • Not attend the show if they have visited a listed COVID-19 hotspot within 14 days of the Show date or if they are displaying any flu like or common cold symptoms. The Committee member/s on the gate, President and Secretary hold the right to deny entry to anyone deemed unwell or displaying symptoms of sickness.
  • Maintain 1.5 metre distance per person as much as possible, where social distancing is not achievable a face covering/mask is strongly encouraged. Face masks will be available at the Secretary's desk.
  • Sign the COVID-19 declaration on the entry form (for Exhibitors only).
  • Follow any and all additional COVID -19 requirements as released by the President, Secretary or HMSS Committee.

For more information on COVID-19 please visit:


Junior Judging

Individuals take part in judging 4 Merino ewes on a range of bases including conformation and wool quality just as they would if judging sheep in the show.

Their notes and scores are totalled and winners receive cash prizes along with gaining their name plate on the Don McNeill Perpetual Trophy.

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We offer two age groups, under 12s for young stock men and women and 12 to 25 year olds for those who are up and coming in the industry.


Both age divisions see large numbers of competitors each year and the Junior Judging is always well supported.

Entry is $5 and all entries are taken with the Secretary on Show Day

Blade Shearing

Blades in hand competitors show off their talents on the main showing floor, head to head, in the Ian Munro Blade Shearing Competition.


Shearers are judged on cleanliness, time and overall quality of their fleeces and are awarded cash and prizes for coming out on top.


In past years the Hay Merino Sheep Show has been very fortunate to have top quality blade shearers Courtney Sutherland and John Dalla both compete in & judge the competition.


Entry is $5 and all entries are taken with the secretary on Show Day

Food & Drink

Local Hay community groups offer a range of breakfast and lunch items all day for your enjoyment.

All funds raised are retained by the local groups. Selections include bacon and egg rolls for breakfast, tea & coffee, soups, BBQ lunch items, sandwiches, slices, cakes and more.

Stalls and Exhibits

Over the years we've hosted many different exhibits which have included, shearing supplies, clothing and accessories, wool buyers, livestock agents, weighing and fencing equipment and much more.

Due to COVID-19 restricitions the Committee ask you to discuss potential stall places by contacting the Secretary.