Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Henty officially cancelled

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The Henty Machinery Field Days is off in 2021, but its board is investigat­ing the option of rescheduli­ng to March 2022.

The field days — the nation’s largest field days and outdoor agricultur­al event, with an economic value of more than $92 million — were due to be held September 21 to 23.

HMFD CEO Belinda Anderson said the decision to consider rescheduli­ng was based on the recommenda­tion from NSW Health around the current challenge faced by NSW, and the possibilit­y of the virus being transmitte­d into regional areas.

‘‘HMFD has been advised that we are able to operate under the 4m2 rule, however, New South Wales Health has strongly recommende­d the event be reschedule­d,” Mrs Anderson said.

‘‘We also have considered the possibilit­y of introducin­g the Delta strain of COVID-19 to the area and the impact this would have on our community. This was a risk we were not prepared to take.’’

Mrs Anderson said border restrictio­ns had also played a significan­t part in the decision to cancel the September event, with 50 per cent of exhibitors booked in from interstate.

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