Rural Support Trust chair Neil Bateup says there is a lot of apprehension among farmers about the future as they follow and experience the disruptions caused by Covid and also by the war in Ukraine.
Mackenzie A&P Society president Mark Davis announced today that New Zealand’s change to Red on the Covid-19 Protection Framework means that the event cannot go ahead.
“In view of the government’s policy on Covid-19 and the traffic light system with crowds being reduced to 100 for the foreseeable future, the Mackenzie A & P Society has made the hard decision to cancel the 2022 Mackenzie Highland A&P Show due to be held on Easter Monday in Fairlie,” says Davis.
This marks the second time in three years that the show has been cancelled.
“The committee recognised the devastating impact this decision will have for many in the community with planning and organisation for this year’s Show,” says Davis.
“In light of the health risk to the Mackenzie District at this time, we see this as the most socially responsible path to take.”