2020 Show cancelled
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The local authority was due to pay £250,000 towards the cost of the 2020 show but, as reported in the local newspaper, The Daily Record, they say they mistakenly paid an £80,000 invoice to the show organisers late last year. The news report suggested that the show was at risk unless the £80,000 was returned. The show organisers denied that the payment was a mistake.
As reported later in the same newspaper South Ayrshire Council said that, as the dispute had not been settled, they would withhold the £250,000 that would otherwise have been paid to help fund the show this year.
The organisers maintain that they acted properly and that no monies were received in error. Nevertheless, without the £250,000 they cannot afford to run the show, which has consequently been cancelled. The show's response to the Council's decision to withhold funds, and their statement about the cancellation, are on their Facebook Page
There is also an article in the Ayrshire Daily News which quotes directly from statements made by both parties.