This year’s Westmorland County Show will go ahead this year and for the first time in its history will be a two-day event.
Westmorland County Agricultural Society said the event will be held on Wednesday September 8 and Thursday September 9 to make sure it is as safe as possible.
But, it added, it will only go ahead if it is safe to do so.
A statement from the society said: “Planning for the show has continued behind the scenes for many months and, with the determination to hold the show, committees and staff have been exploring all options
to enable the event to go ahead.
“The Government roadmap has given us all confidence to stage the county show, however we are only too aware of the challenges in running an event of our size and that we will need to adapt to ensure we can do so safely for all concerned.
“The show will be a COVID compliant event. We are working closely with all the authorities involved to ensure all requirements in place in September are met, including social distancing.”
Lisa Bennett, chair of Westmorland Agricultural Society, said: “We are delighted that the show will go on this year.
“As the country begins to open up, there is cause for optimism but we are only too aware of the long and difficult road ahead.
“Like every other business in the world right now, we will have to adapt and we hope everyone understands the changes are to ensure the show runs safely.”
Livestock classes will be split across both days and the layout is being overhauled to make best use of
Christine Knipe, chief executive, added: “The next few months are going to be challenging for everyone involved with the show, but it will also be an exciting time as we work together.
“We are all keen on staging the Westmorland Show that we all know and love, a true celebration of agriculture.”