Covid restrictions cancels annual farming festival at Westpoint, Exeter

Covid restrictions have cancelled annual primestock and agricultural trade show Agrifest South West, due to take place near Exeter in November.

Organisers today (Thursday, September 24) announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival, planned for November 11 at Westpoint, Exeter.

The committee said the decision to cancel was made with a ‘heavy heart’, prompted by the Government’s announcement this week to tighten coronavirus restrictions, to stop the spread of the virus.

Robert Venner, Agrifest committee chairman, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel Agrifest.

“We had really hoped that we could have held this event for the benefit and enjoyment of the agricultural community this autumn after what has been a very challenging year.

“We appreciate this will be a great disappointment to our traders, competitors, stewards and visitors who had been really looking forward to attending.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support and understanding in these extraordinary times.

“However, we are confident we have made the right decision in the circumstances and must put the welfare of everyone associated with Agrifest South West above all else.”

The annual show, which shines the spotlight on agricultural businesses and the farming community, is also a venue to compete in classes specifically for commercial sheep, beef and dairy animals.

Organisers said calling off the show was the result of the push-back of the Government’s original plan to reopen business events and trade fairs from October 1, and introduce an increase in restrictions.

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