CROWLE Show has had to be cancelled for what is thought to be only the second time in its 115-year history.
Hundreds of visitors were expected to flock to the annual country show due to take place on Sunday on land off Godnow Road but heavy rainfall has forced organisers to call it off.
Show committee chairman Steve Hague explained that cancelling the show - which was due to feature many traditional stalls as well as sheepdog trials, showjumping and polo demonstrations - was a very difficult decision but the ground was just too wet.
He said: “Of course, it wasn’t a decision we wanted to come to but we were left with no other option. As a committee, we’ve obviously had to get in touch with all the sponsors and the stallholders to let them know.
“We’re really grateful to the landowners of the site for letting us hold the show on their land. They weren’t very optimistic about the show being possible last week and they decided they just couldn’t get vehicles onto the site so sadly we had no choice but to call it off.”
Despite the blow, Isle school children will have the chance to showcase work entered into the show’s art contest with members of the public invited to come to see their work on Sunday morning.
Members of the public are invited to look at artwork from pupils from St Norbert’s Catholic School, Crowle County Primary, Luddington and Garthorpe Primary and Eastoft C Of E Primary. There will also be entertainment on offer from 9.30am at the exhibition at the Crowle and Ealand Pavilion, Windsor Park, off Godnow Road.
Children chosen as Lord and Lady of the show, Harry Griffiths and Faith Singh, will also be attending the exhibition.
Steve added: “We didn’t want the children to be disappointed and we’d been through a kind of mini-interview process to select the Lord, Lady and their attendants.
“Despite the cancellation, we’re sure we’ll survive and be ready for another show next year.”
The cancellation is yet another disappointment for the Isle after Rescue Day - an event promoting the work of the emergency services planned for July 14 - was called off due to the bad weather.
Crowle Show last had to be cancelled 11 years ago in 2001 when the Foot and Mouth epidemic was at its height.