Organisers ‘reluctantly’ cancel Kintyre Agricultural Show

The champion of champions display at the 2016 150th Kintyre Show.
Kintyre Agricultural Show has been cancelled.

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Kintyre Agricultural Society’s directors have unanimously, but reluctantly, agreed to cancel this year’s show.

The decision to cancel the Kintyre Agricultural Show, scheduled for Friday August 6, came after ‘much discussion’ at a meeting on Tuesday June 29.

‘Up until a week or so ago we were very hopeful we could have something in place,’ a society spokesperson said, ‘but it was felt that with Covid cases still rising, including locally, it would not be appropriate to hold a show.

‘Even if restrictions are eased nearer the time, we would still be required to restrict the number of people attending and in an open field it would prove difficult for us to steward and provide the protection from Covid that would be required.

‘We also looked at holding the show later in August, after restrictions are due to be lifted on August 9, but with finding a suitable date and the possibility that all restrictions are not lifted by that date, it was felt this was not possible.’

The directors have agreed a virtual show will take place via the Kintyre Agricultural Society Facebook page and are asking exhibitors to submit entries.

Details of the format will be posted on the society’s Facebook page or interested parties can contact secretary John Armour by emailing tirfergus01@btconnect.com or calling 01586 810231 during the day or 01586 552404 in the evening.

The spokesperson added: ‘The directors are very grateful to companies and organisations that offered support by sponsorship, programme advertising or by taking a stand or stall at the show and we hope you will all be willing to provide that support again in 2022.

‘While this decision is very disappointing, directors feel it is the right one to make at this time but we are all determined to work towards a return to normality with a full and exciting show in 2022.’