The Riverland Field Days Committee has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Riverland Field Days.
Considering the uncertainty and restrictions around holding large events, the continuing Coronavirus pandemic, new lock downs and closed borders, and the risk of a snap lockdown in SA, the Committee felt that this is the right decision.
The chance of someone testing positive, having visited the event, and resulting in all attendees having to go into mandatory quarantine, is of real concern. That would cause massive disruption to primary producers, retailers and the community.
“We are disappointed to have to make the decision to cancel the field days again this year”, Anthony Fulwood, Chairman, said. It is a major event in our region and State, and an important part of business promotion for the many exhibitors”.
“We have worked extensively with SA Health to produce a workable Covid Management Plan. However, the restrictions on numbers would reduce our viability; and the extra burden to enforce compliance was too much for the volunteer workforce,” Mr Fulwood said.
“The health and safety of our volunteers, exhibitors and community comes first, and we don’t wish to hold an event where that could be at risk”, he said.
Many exhibitors come from interstate, and a large number of attendees come across now closed borders. Over the past few months we have been carefully monitoring the situation, working with local, State and Federal Governments, and our national peak organisation, the AAFDA.
“I want to thank the exhibitors, the volunteers, and all the groups that have supported the field days” Mr Fulwood said. “We will now focus on 2022 when we will be back – brighter and better on 16th and 17th September.”
For further information contact:-
Anthony Fulwood, Chairman 0438 802 809
Tim Grieger, Executive Manager 0409 099 122