Dr Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive said, “It is with deep regret that the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Balmoral Show, scheduled to take place from Wednesday 18th August to Saturday 22nd August 2020.
“Please be assured that we did not come to this decision lightly, however after several meetings and the exploration of all alternative options, it became clear that we would have been unable to run the 2020 Show on the rearranged August dates during these unprecedented times.
“We understand that this news will be disappointing to many, however as the global Covid-19 pandemic endures, we believe that as a Society, we have an obligation to protect the health and wellbeing of all our staff, members, competitors, visitors, volunteers, trade exhibitors, sponsors, contractors and suppliers.
“As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event with over 120,000 visitors each year, we are aware of the time, money and hard work put into attending the Show by livestock exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, trade stands and suppliers. With many local farmers, businesses and visitors facing financial uncertainty at present, we feel that everything is stacked against us in trying to run a Show in August.
“Moving forward, the RUAS will continue to take great pride in supporting and showcasing our local farming community and we plan to return next year with a Balmoral Show stronger than ever.
We would kindly ask for your patience and understanding as the team works through cancellation plans, including the refund of tickets and trade stands. All tickets purchased for the 2020 Balmoral Show will receive a full refund.
The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society thank you for your continued support and hope you all remain safe and healthy during this difficult time.