ORGANISERS of the CLA Game Fair have been forced to cancel the event, which was due to take place at Belvoir Castle next weekend.
Today organisers confirmed to the Journal that the event, which was expected to attract around 140,000 people and bring tens of millions of pounds into the local economy, will not be held at Belvoir Castle next year.
A spokesman told the Journal the event will not return to Belvoir Castle until 2015.
The organisers blame the recent heavy downpours for the “heartbreaking decision” to cancel.
CLA Director General Helen Woolley said: “I am extremely sad to say the heavy rain in the run-up to this year’s CLA Game Fair has left us with no choice but to take the heartbreaking decision to cancel the show.
“It is a devastating blow for the CLA team, contractors, exhibitors and the hoards of visitors and guests who make the CLA Game Fair the world’s greatest country show.
“I feel enormously sorry for all those who were so looking forward to this year’s event. The CLA Game Fair will return next year.”
Mrs Woolley paid tribute to the CLA Game Fair team who fought hard to prepare the rain-drenched site for the show.
She said: “The show’s construction team worked tirelessly to make it happen, battling the elements from dawn to dusk. They have really gone the extra mile, putting everything into giving the show its best possible chance of going ahead.
“Sadly, you can’t always buck the weather and, with the exceptionally high level of rain in the weeks running up to the show, it has proved impossible to build the event and to run it safely.”
Anyone who has bought tickets to the event should visit www.gamefair.co.uk to apply for refunds.