CLA Game Fair cancelled due to rain

The CLA Game Fair 2012 which was due to take place at Belvoir Castle on 20-22 July, has been cancelled after the show’s organisers decided that the grounds were simply too waterlogged to proceed safely.

The Game Fair is the latest in a long line of high-profile events and country shows to have fallen prey to the incessant rains this summer - or adverse weather conditions, as they are now generally called - including the Badminton Horse Trials in May, and The Great Yorkshire Show.

A statement from the CLA yesterday (12 July) said that despite every effort having been made to protect the site, 36 hours of dry weather this week was not enough to dry out the waterlogged ground, especially as more rain has been forecast. It said: “It would prove impossible to allow the 3,000-4,000 vehicle movements still required to complete the remainder of the show build.

“The weather forecast is predicting significant further rainfall in the next 48 hours. The situation looks set to only deteriorate from this point on.

“This knowledge combined with increased health and safety risks during the build and for the public during the three days of the CLA Game Fair has led us to the point where we do not believe we can deliver the show.

“Unfortunately we have had no option but to take the sad decision that this year’s CLA Game Fair cannot go ahead.

CLA director general Helen Woolley described the decision as “heartbreaking”.

According to Country Life, the cancellation will cost rural business millions in lost business, particularly those businesses that depend on outside sporting events for their survival.


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