Major show cancelled at last minute

A dog enjoys an ice cream at the New Forest Spring Fair in 2013

A dog enjoys an ice cream at the New Forest Spring Fair in 2013

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

A MAJOR show has been cancelled – just days before it was due to take place.

The spring fair at the home of the New Forest Show was set to be one of the biggest events staged in Hampshire over the bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of people were expected to flock through the gates of New Park, Brocken-hurst, on Sunday.

But disappointed organisers have been forced to scrap the fair following the recent heavy rain, which has left part of New Park waterlogged.

The annual event, which attracted 3,000 people last year, is staged by the New Forest Agricultural Show Society – the charity that runs the New Forest Show.

Announcing the fair’s cancellation, a society spokesman said: “The difficult decision was taken due to adverse weather conditions and the ground being deemed too wet to safely accommodate traders and the public, especially in light of the forecast for heavy rain this week.

“The society would like to thank everyone who was booked to support this event and would like to apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused.”

The fair was due to be staged in a field next to the New Forest Show arena.

Described as a craft and horse show, the one-day event would have featured 80 stalls showcasing charities and other organisations.

Good causes that were set to benefit included the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the society’s charity of the year.

The life-saving service would have been provided with a free stand, with spectators being invited to make donations.

An auto-jumble due to have been held at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum near New Milton on Sunday has also fallen victim to the wet weather.

A museum spokesman said; “Our fields are completely waterlogged but the museum itself will be open all day.”

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8:58am Fri 2 May 14

lagraham007 says...

Maybe everybody could go to the Hampshire Country Fair at Netley Marsh instead. http://livingheritag
ecountryshows.com/
Maybe everybody could go to the Hampshire Country Fair at Netley Marsh instead. http://livingheritag ecountryshows.com/ lagraham007
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9:03am Fri 2 May 14

ecuk268 says...

The forecast is for a dry 3 days.
The forecast is for a dry 3 days. ecuk268
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9:33am Fri 2 May 14

sotonbusdriver says...

For those wanting to use the forest over the bank holiday, maybe they might be more likely to venture across into the forest, as there will be less chance of traffic congestion which although a fantastic event. Does clog up forest roads and Lyndhurst is impassable at times.
The Show draws huge crowds, which is good for the local area, but I do sometimes wonder, those here on camping holidays who didn't intend to go, whether they are put off when they find the area around Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst jammed up with cars and vans.
It is one of those details you cannot get the answer too, whether without the show, local traders would get more footfall for people who were avoiding the area because of the show... Maybe no show this year, with a few days of good weather to bring people out, you may get to the bottom of it....
For those wanting to use the forest over the bank holiday, maybe they might be more likely to venture across into the forest, as there will be less chance of traffic congestion which although a fantastic event. Does clog up forest roads and Lyndhurst is impassable at times. The Show draws huge crowds, which is good for the local area, but I do sometimes wonder, those here on camping holidays who didn't intend to go, whether they are put off when they find the area around Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst jammed up with cars and vans. It is one of those details you cannot get the answer too, whether without the show, local traders would get more footfall for people who were avoiding the area because of the show... Maybe no show this year, with a few days of good weather to bring people out, you may get to the bottom of it.... sotonbusdriver
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10:02am Fri 2 May 14

daisy.talks says...

why can't they make New Park a hard standing area like the Bath and West Showground, they must have enough events there to make it a viable option?
why can't they make New Park a hard standing area like the Bath and West Showground, they must have enough events there to make it a viable option? daisy.talks
  • Score: 3

11:13am Fri 2 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Perhaps time to organise a cycle event?

Oh no, scrap that, the cyclists will be on the Isle of Wight, where they're made welcome.
Perhaps time to organise a cycle event? Oh no, scrap that, the cyclists will be on the Isle of Wight, where they're made welcome. From the sidelines
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1:27pm Fri 2 May 14

camerajuan says...

So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this???

Reeks of hypocrisy.
So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this??? Reeks of hypocrisy. camerajuan
  • Score: -2

6:44pm Fri 2 May 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

camerajuan wrote:
So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this???

Reeks of hypocrisy.
They have cancelled the event to prevent the Park being turned into a mud bath. Perhaps you should read the piece before commenting.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this??? Reeks of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]They have cancelled the event to prevent the Park being turned into a mud bath. Perhaps you should read the piece before commenting. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 1

12:11am Sat 3 May 14

Torchie1 says...

camerajuan wrote:
So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this???

Reeks of hypocrisy.
The forest generally reeks of something after the Wiggle events.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: So these thousands of people and animals are welcome to tread all over the fields, turning them into mudpits for a month, and the residents are ok with all of this??? Reeks of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]The forest generally reeks of something after the Wiggle events. Torchie1
  • Score: -1

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