Despite attempts made to rearrange the date of the event, The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) has announced that the 2020 Balmoral Show has been cancelled.
The event was planned to take place from August 18th-22nd, 2020.
Dr Alan Crowe, RUAS chief executive, said that this decision was not taken lightly as several meetings were arranged and alternative options were explored before deciding to cancel the event.
“We understand that this news will be disappointing to many, however as the global Covid-19 pandemic endures, we believe that as a society, we have an obligation to protect the health and wellbeing of all our staff, members, competitors, visitors, volunteers, trade exhibitors, sponsors, contractors and suppliers.”
“As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event with over 120,000 visitors each year, we are aware of the time, money and hard work put into attending the Show by livestock exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, trade stands and suppliers. “
“With many local farmers, businesses and visitors facing financial uncertainty at present, we feel that everything is stacked against us in trying to run a Show in August.”
The 152nd Balmoral Show will now take place from Wednesday 12th May to Saturday 15th May, 2021 at Balmoral Park, Lisburn.
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