FAIR POSTPONED, ONLINE EVENTS PLANNED
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POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Palmerston Fair Postponed; Online Events Planned
The Palmerston Agricultural Society announces the postponement of the 2020 Palmerston Fair until August of 2021. As COVID-19 concerns and restrictions on mass gatherings remain in place for the foreseeable future, the Palmerston Agricultural Society’s officers and directors recognize that it will not be possible to mount this year’s main event, originally scheduled for August 21-23, 2020.
In addition, the Palmerston Agricultural Society will also defer its annual July tractor pull until 2021. This event traditionally draws a large crowd of pullers and spectators, many coming from outside the Town of Minto. In April, the agricultural society canceled its popular Farmers’ Pre-Seeding Barbecue and a Ladies Night event. All of these events will be rescheduled for 2021. Our Ambassador program will also be deferred to 2021. The current Senior and Junior Ambassadors will continue to hold their status for the coming year, allowing them the full experience their title offers.
Our organization has sought guidance from the Province of Ontario, the County of Wellington and the Town of Minto before making these decisions.
“The Palmerston Fair welcomes hundreds of visitors daily as well as countless volunteers, exhibitors and society members, and we do not want to put those people at risk,” says president Tiffany Byrd. “Our planned fair theme – Around the World in 3 Fair Days – is truly appropriate this year and we request that our supporters embrace the impact our behaviour can have on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across the globe.”
The fair theme will be carried forward to next year’s Palmerston Fair in August 2021; the fair book is already online to help exhibitors prepare. View the fair book at www.palmerstonfair.ca to plan your exhibits for next year and to locate this year’s directory of fair advertisers. “We ask that you continue to support these local businesses and fair supporters,” says Byrd.
“The Palmerston Agricultural Society is appreciative of the many people – guests, board members, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, service providers, community groups, entertainers, 4-Hers and farmers – all who attend and support our annual events,” she adds. “Though we are all disappointed that our fair must be postponed, we hope to keep the fair spirit alive this summer.”
The agricultural society is working on some “virtual” fair options so it can continue to connect with the community this year. Byrd advises people to “stay tuned to Facebook and our website to enjoy online competitions, summer fun contests, prizes, fair offerings, entertainment and agricultural education.”