It’s two times unlucky COVID-19 victim status for Agquip Field days as organisers cancel the event scheduled for August 17 to 19 2021
Farmers pockets were brimming with cash to splash at Agquip Field days 2021, especially since the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, and there was some catch-up buying to do.
The date was set, Tuesday to Thursday August 17 to 19 2021, but the outbreak of COVID-19 across many parts of NSW saw the event being scrutinised by NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant.
Surely the event would go on, but up until the 12 July with NSW in lockdown to at least 16 July, the future of the event was in the hands of NSW Health and their slowness to respond was an indicator the lockdown could be extended.
And extended it was on 14 July when the Premier, Minister for Health and Medical Research experts announced jointly the lockdown would extend due to the ongoing number of infectious cases in the community.
And the working behind the extension carried an ominous thread, the current lockdown will be extended for at least another two weeks until 11:59pm on Friday, July 30.
There was little the organisers could do, other than release a statement that read, “It is with regret that ACM Rural Events announce the postponement of the AgQuip field days from August 17 to 19 in Gunnedah NSW due to increasing and ongoing concerns in relation to the impact of COVID-19.
“We will be consulting with our AgQuip exhibitors and with the understanding of local, state, and national calendar of events – we will announce our new date for 2021 soon.
“From the ACM Rural Events team, we thank our AgQuip exhibitors and regional and rural communities for their continued support and understanding during this uncertain time,” the statement concluded.
Throughout its long history, it is only the second year in row the event has been cancelled, it has never shifted from its regular timeslot of the third week of August. The event was not held in 2020.
It is estimated at least a third of the 620 exhibitors came from interstate, and with Queensland, Victoria and South Australia all with closed borders to NSW, the cancelled event can be squarely counted as a COVID-19 victim.