Mansfield Courier

Henty Machinery Field Days may rollover to March

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THE Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD) will not proceed this year due to COVID-19 but organisers are investigat­ing the option of rescheduli­ng to March 2022.

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

HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the decision to look into 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 4sqm rule, however, NSW 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.

“Six weeks from the event seems like a long time but an event of this size does not happen overnight and we owe it to those businesses committed to the 2021 event to give them fair warning,” she said.

“The majority of visitors come from within a three hour drive of Henty signifying there is a great representa­tion from Victoria.

“Snap lockdowns will still be possible in September and HMFD cannot risk a repeat of what was seen in Victoria and Queensland on the eve of major agricultur­al events.

“HMFD management is investigat­ing the option of rescheduli­ng the field days to March 1517, 2022, and will be contacting exhibitors and key stakeholde­rs regarding this option.”

Mrs Anderson appealed to exhibitors to be patient as management determines options for refunds or the rollover of fees to the 2022 event.

 ??  ?? NO JOY YET: For the second year running the Henty Machinery Field days won’t take place but there is hope it can be reschedule­d to March next year.
NO JOY YET: For the second year running the Henty Machinery Field days won’t take place but there is hope it can be reschedule­d to March next year.

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