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Turriff Show cancelled for second consecutive year due to Covid-19 pandemic


By Chris Saunderson

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TURRIFF Show, the largest two-day agricultural show in Scotland, has been cancelled for 2021.

The show attracts 24,000 visitors each year.
The show attracts 24,000 visitors each year.

The decision comes amid ongoing uncertainty over hosting large scale events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The show was due to take place on Sunday and Monday, August 1 and 2 at The Haughs.

Alan Gaul, show president said: “It is with deep regret and much consideration that we had to make the extremely difficult decision that the next Turriff Show will take place in 2022.

“The release of the vaccine gave us all fresh hope but as time has moved on and with the possibility of restrictions for mass gatherings, social distancing and lockdown measures continuing to be in place for the foreseeable future and the uncertainty of when and how long it will be before we can return to some form of ‘normality’ as we know it, it was felt to be the right decision to take."

The traditional parade of the champion animals.
The traditional parade of the champion animals.

“We appreciate that having to cancel the show for a second year is extremely disappointing but the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from trade stand exhibitors, judges, exhibitors of all sections, sponsors, contractors, members, volunteers, staff, visitors and the local community, must always be foremost in all our show preparations."

On a positive note, Mr Gaul added that the annual cereal growing competition, carcase cattle and butchers’ lambs competition and various other competitions will go ahead and further details will be published on www.turriffshow.org and our social media channels in due course.

The show has 1500 different classes.
The show has 1500 different classes.

“On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank everyone for their continued invaluable understanding and support of the association especially during these unprecedented times and to all those involved in many ways with the ongoing pandemic.

“Our thoughts go out to every person and business who is currently and has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

And he concluded: “We look forward to welcoming you back to Turriff Show when it is hopefully safe to do so on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1, 2022 to have the opportunity to catch up with you all in person. Until then - stay safe and look forward to better times ahead."

Turriff Show was first established in 1864 and attracts over 24,000 visitors each year.

Uncertainty over the staging of large scale events was behind the decision.
Uncertainty over the staging of large scale events was behind the decision.

The show was cancelled in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak and last year due to Covid-19.

It offers over £88,000 worth of prize money and has over 1500 livestock classes.


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