FTMTA Grass & Muck 2020 has been postponed from mid-May to a date in the second half of August, the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) confirmed on Friday.

“It has unfortunately become necessary to postpone FTMTA Grass & Muck from the originally scheduled date of 14 May to a, as yet undetermined, date in the second half of August,” said FTMTA chief executive Gary Ryan.

Ryan noted that the rescheduled event will still take place at the Gurteen College site.

He added: “As the situation around the spread of COVID-19 has continued to evolve in recent days, it has become clear that the likelihood of holding a large public event in mid-May was receding greatly.”

He went on to thank the management of the host college for their co-operation and encouragement which made it possible for FTMTA to reschedule the event later in the summer.

New date

Despite hoping to reschedule the event, Ryan noted: “The safety and health of all stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors is of paramount concern and the running of the event will be subject to the public health advice and instructions pertaining at the time.

“FTMTA realises that the changed time frame, while probably not unexpected at this stage, may pose challenges for some exhibitors but we believe that it will be possible to deliver a high-quality event that will be, by then, a welcome opportunity for our trade and exhibitors to engage with customers.”

Finally, Ryan noted that as the situation becomes clearer, the FTMTA will move to confirm the new date as quickly as possible.

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