Ballymoney Show committee has confirmed that they have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event which had been scheduled to take place on June 4 & 5.
The Chairman of the committee, Robert Shannon, confirmed the decision saying: “Committee members met earlier this week to discuss all available options, with regard to the hosting of this year’s event.”
Continueing Mr Shannon said: “Given current circumstances, it was agreed unanimously that the 2021 show should not take place.
“However, I can confirm that the 2022 event will go ahead, as scheduled. The agreed show dates are: Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th. The venue remains the same: Ballymoney Showgrounds.”
“Given the nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it was felt that we would not be able to fully guarantee public safety. Given these circumstances, the only option available to us was that of cancelling this year’s event.
“It’s also important for us to give certainty to our all our exhibitors, sponsors and other supporters on these matters. Ballymoney is one of the earliest events in Northern Ireland’s show calendar.
“It was, therefore, imperative for the Show Committee to make a clear decision regarding the future of the 2021 event at this stage.”
However, despite the cancellation of the main show programme, the shows PR officer, Carol McMullan, had some positive news adding: “We are exploring the possibility of running some of the elements of the show on a virtual platform.
“Full details will be publicised our show webpage which is www.ballymoneyshow.org or Facebook or alternatively via email by contacting: email@example.com.”