No Lamb & Potato Festival

11th Jan 2022

A week after declaring they were ‘back in business’ (Guyra Gazette Dec. 15th), the Guyra Lamb & Potato Festival committee were forced to make a difficult decision to cancel the festival for the second year in a row.
As news of the rapid rise in the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 emerged in the lead up to Christmas, they made the tough call to cancel. Their decision came after over half of the stallholders pulled out within days of the Omicron variant rearing its head in NSW. Combined with the changing rules around entry via the Queensland border and reduced traffic volumes as the Tamworth Country Music festival was being scaled back, they felt it would be difficult to proceed.
They took the view that the escalation in COVID cases posed too much of a risk to the community, the dedicated volunteers, and the committee’s bottom line. Committee President Steve Mepham said that the last thing they wanted to do was host a super-spreader event in Guyra.
Their decision to cancel early has proved to be the right call, especially following last week’s decision to postpone the Tamworth Festival until April. Instead, they will focus their energy on ensuring the festival’s future and begin planning for 2023.
They had been hoping to use their newly-completed entertainment and dining shed for the first time this year. The building was erected thanks to a $130,000 State Government Community Partnership Program grant. Instead they will have to be content with a ceremony to officially open the building which will take place on Wednesday January 19th.