The event on Newark Showground which was due to take place on the 9th and 10th May 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.
The Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society (NNAS) who run the show said the ‘difficult’ decision was made as “the most sensible approach in the interest of public health and the wellbeing of our community and staff.”
Those who have bought tickets, booked a trade stand or paid an entry fee for a competition will be refunded their fees over the next three weeks.
A statement from the NNAS on the show’s website says:
“The Nottinghamshire County Show at Newark Showground is a highlight in the Society’s events calendar, and this is incredibly disappointing, not only for the team who have been working so hard to get to this point but all our valued participants, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who make the show the success it is.
We welcome thousands of visitors every year, but we have received so many responses from supporters highlighting difficulties in being able to run the show that our efforts would have been frustrated. Making this decision now will help us to limit the impact on our charity and keep the safety of everyone involved at the heart of all we do.
The cancellation of the County Show is a huge blow to the Society, as we rely on the income we derive through ticket sales, sponsorship and trade stand income. Without the show, we will become more reliant on philanthropic support and charitable donations.”
Those who are due refunds have been invited to donate their costs to the society to help them over a “challenging” next three months.