Organisers have confirmed this week that the Nantwich Show 2020 and corresponding International Cheese Awards 2020 will not be going ahead.
As a large-scale summer event, the organisers say they must prioritise public safety during the coronavirus pandemic as they took the decision to cancel their plans for the event this year.
A statement issued by the chairman of the Nantwich Agricultural Society, Michael-John Parkin, reads: “Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the sad but sensible decision to cancel The Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards on the 29th July 2020.
“As this national crisis escalates day by day, we feel we cannot safely run the show in 2020.
“We are extremely sorry to have to announce this news and appreciate that this will disappoint everyone who loves the show as much as we do.”
The Nantwich Show began in 1897 and has grown to become the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country, and host to the world’s largest cheese awards.
The Nantwich Show is the main annual event of the Nantwich Agricultural Society and brings thousands of pounds to the local economy.
Sadly the event had to be scaled back in 2019 too, due to heavy rainfall.
Mr Parkin continued: “We hope the public will continue to support us in 2021.
“We will continue to passionately support our local farmers, producers and key workers in whatever way we can, as they work hard assisting and caring for our local communities during this period.”
He concluded: “We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards especially our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors and we can assure you that our goal is to return bigger and better next year with a new three-day event.
“We hope you and your families stay safe and well through these difficult times.’’