Henty Machinery Field Days postpones 2021 dates for a rollover to March 2022

Exhibitors and patrons are right behind the possibility of the Henty MFD rollover to early 2022 when it is expected the postponed 2021 event can proceed

The Henty Machinery Field Days committee worked hard to stay within all the COVID-19 rules and hold the event for 2021, but with 50% of exhibitors coming from interstate the current border closure has pushed the event out to March 2022

The Henty Machinery Field Days Board is working hard to save the 2021 event, and while it has announced the 2021 event will not proceed in September this year due to COVID-19, the Board is investigating the option of rescheduling to March 2022.

The Henty Machinery Field Days is the nation’s largest field days and outdoor agricultural event, with an economic value of more than $92 million and were due to be held on September 21 to 23 in 2021.

Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the decision to look into rescheduling was based on the recommendations from NSW Health around the current challenge faced by NSW and the possibility of the virus being transmitted into regional areas.

“HMFD has been advised we are able to operate under the 4sqm rule, however, NSW Health has strongly recommended the event be rescheduled,” Mrs Anderson said.

“We have also considered the possibility of introducing the Delta strain of COVID-19 to the area and the impact this would have on our community. This was a risk we were not prepared to take.”

Mrs Anderson said border restrictions had also played a significant part in the decision to cancel the September event, with 50% of exhibitors booked in from interstate. 

“Six weeks from the event seems like a long time but an event of this size does not happen over-night and we owe it to those businesses committed to the 2021 event to give them fair warning,” she said.

“The majority of visitors come from within a three-hour drive of Henty signifying there is a great representation from Victoria.

“Snap lock downs will still be possible in September and HMFD cannot risk a repeat of what was seen in Victoria or Queensland on the eve of major agricultural events.

“HMFD management is investigating options of rescheduling the field days to March 15 to 17 2022 and will be contacting exhibitors and key stakeholders regarding this option.”

Mrs Anderson appealed to exhibitors to be patient as management determines options for refunds or the rollover of fees to the 2022 event.

Exhibitors and patrons can contact the field days team direct, call on tel: 02 6929 3305, or email admin@hmfd.com.au

This latest instalment on the Henty Machinery Field Days event for 2021 updates our previous story about the event going ahead, shown on this link.