The dreadful weather of summer 2012 has claimed another victim with the cancellation of the annual Fettercairn Farmers’ Club Show which was due to be held at its traditional venue of East Bridge-End Park in the village on Saturday.
Very reluctantly, the committee took the decision to cancel the show on Monday evening.
Show convener Alison Argo said: “The prolonged rain has simply left the field too wet and the forecast did not predict any improvement, so we decided to take an early decision.
“The show was cancelled in 2007, by coincidence it was due to be held on July 7 that year as well.”
Saturday would have been the 178th show and it is believed that the two cancellations in the last five years have been the only weather-related cancellations in the show’s long history.
Certainly they are the only two call-offs in living memory.
Mrs Argo added: “We are very disappointed, but we have to think of the safety of the animals as well as the spectators and there is now doubt the fields would have turned into a bog.”
The clay pigeon shoot is to continue at Fettercairn Home Farm. The shoot will take place between 5 and 8.30pm on Friday evening and between 9.30am and 3.30pm the following day.
Many shows, galas and games have had to be cancelled across the country due to the wet weather.
Locally, the Drumtochty Highland Games was cancelled two weeks ago, for the first time in its 36 year history.