Exhibitors have been contacted by organisers of the National Ploughing Championships to warn them it is unlikely the event will go ahead due to COVID-19.
“As we are still at Level 5 restrictions, the probability of an exhibition in September is proving to be very uncertain. The NPA Executive are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and a final decision will be made in the coming weeks,” an email to exhibitors read.
Previously, a spokesperson for the NPA said the association would reach a final decision in May but agricultural shows across the country have already been advised not to run events this year.
The NPA is the host of the 2021 world ploughing contest on what is the 90th anniversary of the association, so it is not yet clear if the ploughing contest will still go ahead but without the exhibition and spectator element.
The news will come as a blow to many in the farm community who look forward to the annual event before the winter season sets in.