COVID-19 has claimed another casualty, with organisers of the Barellan Good Old Days weekend announcing the popular event won't be going ahead this year.
Originally planned for October 3 and 4, the Barellan Working Clydesdale Committee made the decision to call the event off in the name of health and safety.
Committee secretary Norma Zingel said the unknowns for large mass gatherings beyond the federal government's stage three roll-out of restrictions made organising and planning the event difficult.
"We are devastated for our small community of Barellan, our hard working committee, volunteers, exhibitors and visitors," she said.
"We made this decision in the light of protecting the welfare of all those involved with the event.
"Our event relies on volunteers and visitors coming from every state in Australia to make it the success it is, and whether state borders will be open is yet to be decided."
Ms Zingel said a disabled toilet block donated by the Narrandera Shire Council had been relocated from Lake Talbot swim park to the Barellan showground for the festival and other year round events.
"We have also installed a new stove in the scone kitchen and will be making improvements to the showground throughout the year," she said.
The Good Old Days festival will now be held on October 2 and 3 next year.
The festival drew a record crowd of 7500 last year and has grown into an event valued at over $1 million to the regional economy.
It has been billed as the greatest gathering of harnessed animals in the world and features the nation's biggest composite team of 32 horses pulling the Clydesdale committee's own fully laden wool wagon.
The festival also incorporates the annual Furphy Festival, which draws enthusiasts from around the country to see some of the nation's rarest collectible water carts on display.
Anyone wanting to join the committee to help make the event even bigger and better in 2021 is welcome to get in touch to help lend a hand with organising.
For more information visit the event's Facebook page.