May 14, 2020
Dear Butler Farm Show Friends,
On behalf of the Butler Farm Show Board of Directors, our sincere hope and intent is to have the 72nd Annual Butler Farm Show this year as scheduled August 10 – 15. Modifications to the gathering will be implemented.
We want to thank you for your patience during this incredibly challenging situation and provide you with an update on our response to the COVID-19 health emergency. We are monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closely on the status of the outbreaks and its potential adverse impact to the community now and in the future. We are also respecting the guidance from the PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension as we continue to plan. At the same time, we are doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe while minimizing the disruptions to our day-to-day operations. The health and safety of the public, participants, exhibitors, employees and volunteers remains our top priority.
As stated, we are currently problem-solving every situation that is new to us during this difficult time. We appreciate your patience as we work daily to best evaluate the situation and plan for the coming days, weeks and months.The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we all must take seriously. The Butler Farm Show has a great influence on our community with the various events and shows held on the grounds throughout the year. We intend to continue and uphold our commitment to this community.
The agriculture industry is crucial to the health and well-being of our population. Farming is one of the most stressful occupations, even in the best of times. Budget is tight, crops fail, equipment breaks, labor is short and weather is unpredictable, as is the crop market price. These are things every farmer must manage. Farming is hard and often underappreciated.
Like many of you, we have had to adapt and plan for various situations over the past two months and intend to continue to do so as needed to provide a fun-filled, family-friendly event that, quite honestly, seems to be more important this year than ever. Farmers and agritourism are facing multiple challenges, from feeding their communities amid concerns of virus exposure to laying off staff and workers due to enforced closures. Please continue to support your local agricultural community and shop local whenever possible. We are all in this together and we will get through it together.
As always, we appreciate your continued support. We hope you will share your thoughts and concerns with us. We ask for your continued patience and grace as we work to put together a plan that makes sense for our organization, the community, and local agricultural and youth programs.
Butler Farm Show Board of Directors