After more than two years without a full blown agricultural show, Albion Park Show Society is ready to put on a party to make up for it on the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
A demolition derby, motorcross stunts, "tough trucks" and fireworks will make a welcome return to the Illawarra for what is being labelled a Winter Bonanza on June 12.
It's hoped pandemic restrictions will stay as they are to allow large crowds, while the event is expected to boost the organisation's bank balance after bushfires then COVID-19 forced last minute cancellations.
"Regardless of whether we have a show or not there are still bills that have to come out we still have to pay ... it's worked out quite substantial," Mr Arthur said.
"We're not like some of the other shows who have big sponsorships, we run on minimal sponsorships - it's very hard to go around asking people for money when things have been so tough."
In January 2020 their agricultural show was cancelled due to the grounds being used as an emergency evacuation point for people affected by bushfires and needing to move livestock. This year a COVID outbreak in the Northern Beaches put a hold on large-scale events, so the society moved some competitions online and held just one competition on the grounds for dairy cattle.
The bonanza will also be the first time Illawarra residents will see fireworks in more than a year - also thanks to the pandemic.
"Here's hoping it all works out well and we have a good night, it doesn't rain and we have a good crowd," Mr Arthur said.
"We've been really wanting to put something back on for the community, because everyone's been itching to see something and if we could do something and ... brighten up kids' lives a little bit, that's what it's all about."
Novelty events and food vans will also be part of the mix during the four-hour family event.
Tickets can be bought online or on the gate.
Winter Bonanza, Albion Park Showground, Saturday June 12, 3pm.