Organisers of the highly popular Dorset County Show have made the difficult decision to formally announce the cancellation of its event for 2020.
The move will come as no surprise to most, as the show takes its place in a long series of cancelled events in the wake of the pandemic this year, yet it will be a source of much disappointment to loyal fans. The show is in its 180th year, making it a well-established yearly fixture for the community as well as the agricultural industry, and normally attracts around 60,000 visitors each year.
Rebecca Hill, Chairman of the Dorset County Show, said: “It is with a heavy heart that the Board of Management has decided to cancel the Dorset County Show, which was due to take place this year on 5th and 6th September. This decision was incredibly difficult to make, however first and foremost, we must put the safety and welfare of our visitors, members, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and traders above all else. We feel it is impossible to hold a Show of the same quality and standard that members of our community know and love, with social distancing measures in place as they should be.
“We recognise how disappointing this news will be to many, but we would like to take this opportunity to thank all key workers who continue to work incredibly hard to help us tackle COVID-19. We must help them as much as we can, ensuring we are not causing even more of a strain on all services.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and throughout this difficult time, as well as all of those involved in the hard work that has gone into planning for this year. Preparations are now in place for our 2021 Show, and we will look forward to welcoming everyone then.”
For more information about the Dorset County Show, visit the website.