This year's Waikato A&P Show has been cancelled, organisers announced on Monday, saying it would be replaced with a number of limited mini-events open to competitors only and an online version.
The cancellation came as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19, said Cara Ferris, general manager of Showing Waikato.
The show was scheduled to be held from October 30 to November 1 at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.
"It's very frustrating and disappointing but at least we've got something," Ferris told Newshub, adding she was still "very excited" about the launch of the inaugural National A&P Online Show, which would take place in lieu of the physical event.
"The limited schedule of events will take place between 29 October and 1 November with the public excluded and participation strictly limited to competitors in groups of less than 100 people," organisers said.
"The Showing Waikato team is working with police, health and tourism authorities to ensure the safety of the community."