We're still a few months out but the COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted summertime events across the Mid Coast.
Harrington Crowdy Chamber of Commerce president Cliff Hoare said the Harrington social scene will bounce back after major Christmas and New Year events were cancelled.
Organisers recently pulled the pin on Carols by Candlelight, John Gollan Day and the tagged fishing competition.
Given the current 'covid climate', the New Year's Day festivities couldn't logistically proceed.
"There is no way we would have been able to control the crowds," Mr Hoare said.
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"We would have to have so many COVID marshals... we'd end up with more of them than actual people.
"It's a shame but I can't see how we would do it."
With normal costs exceeding $26,000, Mr Hoare said a last minute cancellation of the event wouldn't have been financially viable.
The fireworks display was also canned.
"I always say they are the best New Year's Day fireworks in NSW," Mr Hoare said, acknowledging the fact they are probably the only New Year's Day fireworks in the State.
Funds allocated for the festivities will be put back into other chamber projects.
The cancelled fishing competition will give local businesses, which provide thousands of dollars in sponsorship, a financial reprieve.
"Businesses just don't have that sort of money at the moment," Mr Hoare said.
If there is a turn for the better in 2022, Mr Hoare vowed the events will be back bigger and better.
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