Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival cancelled for second year

The Moynalty Steam Threshing Committee has announced it will not be in a position proceed with the annual Steam Threshing Show that was planned for August 8th this year.

In a statement to the Meath Chronicle, organisers said the show that requires months of preparation, coupled with the uncertainty of what numbers of people would be allowed to gather in August along with the safety of attendees, it is a "regrettable but necessary decision to come to".

"It is heartbreaking for the committee to have to cancel the show for the second year in a row but with the safety of everyone involved, and to make sure we can run our event in 2022 it is a decision we could not wait any longer in making," said a spokesperson.

"Moynalty Steam Threshing Committee will now be determined more then ever to make our 2022 festival on the 14th of August the best yet, with all the activities and demonstrations that our valued attendees have come to enjoy, plus lots more of new displays in the works.

"However, we are currently in talks with Government Departments to try and obtain clarity on public numbers with plans to host a different type of event on August 8th 2021. If successful we will be hosting a ticket only event with limited numbers, on the basis it would be safe for the public to attend. This will be a one-off event and will not be replacing the "Steam Threshing"

"We shall be releasing more information in the coming weeks.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in 2020/21 and hope that we can see each other together again on the 14th of August 2022."

It's hoped that smaller events as auto jumbles, country markets and such throughout the year to keep things ticking over, government guidelines permitting.

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