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Highland Field Sports Fair 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

By Val Sweeney

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The Highland Field Sports Fair is an institution in the north of Scotland.
The Highland Field Sports Fair is an institution in the north of Scotland.

The popular Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy has been cancelled for a second year running due to ongoing uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which also raises money for charities, was due to be held on August 6 and 7.

In a statement, the organising committee said: "The decision has been deferred as long as possible as the committee are conscious of the negative economic impact cancelling this popular event will have on so many people and local businesses.

"Unfortunately, the continued lack of clarity around capacity constraints at mass gatherings, the uncertainty around the current situation, ongoing health concerns and not being able to run some of the competitions due to social distancing restrictions, the committee decided they had no alternative but to cancel the 2021 event.

"It was important that this decision was made before any further set-up costs were incurred, and to inform all participants and attendees in good time."

The decision was made although the committee had been awarded a grant from Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund to help with extra costs which would have been incurred to make the event covid safe and compliant.

It follows the disappointment of last year's cancellation.

The statement continued: "The committee were looking forward enormously to the fair going ahead this year as there are considerable benefits to so many people.

"The fair is an event that very many local people and those from further afield, love and look forward to each year.

"In fact, it has become something of an institution over the years in the north of Scotland and August is not the same without it.

"We appreciate that Mrs Celia Mackintosh of Mackintosh and the Moy Estate have hosted the event for over 40 years and as a result of this the committee has been able to donate £792 600 to local charities and clubs."

The committee has thanked everyone for their support at this time.

It added: "Our focus will now be on making the Highland Field Sports Fair on August 5 and 6 2022 a memorable and successful event."

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