A number of Royal South Street competitions are in doubt while others have been cancelled as repeated lockdowns take their toll on the renowned eisteddfod.
Organisers are waiting on any potential announcements to come on the state government's original lockdown deadline of next Tuesday, September 2, but are not holding much hope for some of the larger events.
The debating competition has been cancelled while some solo vocal competitions were able to run virtually.
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Some events will still go ahead later in the year, such as the Victorian Band Championships and Chopin piano competitions, but others are closer to a 50-50 chance, including speech, drama, dance and calisthenics.
Many group competitions are being affected by the inability to rehearse in lockdown while others might not be able pushed back to later in the year as they would conflict with school exams.
Royal South Street chair Peter Zala said one choir in Moama pulled out due to the hard border placed between Victoria and New South Wales stopping some children from attending school and rehearsing.
"Just about half the kids come from Moama and half of the kids at this particular school came from Echuca. They said while the schools were open in New South Wales, Victoria's gone into a lockdown and introduced border closure so half our kids can't get to school so they weren't able to rehearse," he said.
"It's those sorts of nuances that have been mucking us up."
Mr Zala said losing entry fees from cancelled events could have a 'massive' effect on the eisteddfod.
"We now have to sit down and refund all the entry fees, so we miss out on the entry fees which is part of our life blood. We miss out on our advertisers being able to advertise in all of our literature, online and in programs. It's a substantial monetary blow to us," he said.
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