Annual Drayton Farm Show cancelled due to COVID-19

DRAYTON – The Drayton Farm Show has been cancelled but the exhibitors continue to rally behind the Drayton Kinsmen.

The show was scheduled to take place on March 25 and 26 at PMD Arena.

The decision to cancel due to COVID-19 was made on March 13 after Drayton Farm Show chairman Ray Kuper said he’d received concerns from some exhibitors about attending the show. After hearing that the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was cancelled as well as local sports, the show decided to cancel as well.

“It’s a good thing because we got even more emails from vendors today that would have cancelled too and what not and from pretty much all the emails I’m getting everyone’s pretty glad that we’ve cancelled,” he said.

Kuper  said he gave vendors the option to either get a refund, carry over their booth fee to next year’s show or donate it to the Kinsmen for community projects.

“So far most of them either (said) well hang onto my money for next year or a lot of them have said go ahead and use it in the community,” Kuper said.

It’s from the exhibitor fees that the Kinsmen make most of their profit from the show.

That money will be used to donate to cystic fibrosis and other community projects like shade shelters at ABC Park and the Kinsmen Park in Drayton.

Kuper said the Drayton Farm Show will return next year.