ARTHUR – The 164th Arthur Fall Fair has been cancelled.
Arthur Agricultural Society officials made the announcement on June 1 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We felt it was the right thing to do for our members, volunteers, sponsors, donors, vendors, and community,” states a press release from society president Carl Billiald.
“Our dedicated volunteers are passionate about promoting agriculture in our community and we plan to continue those efforts in a safe manner. As a group, we prioritize the health and safety of our volunteers, community, and visitors which is why we made this decision.”
The fair, which started in 1856, may not be happening this year, but organizers say they “are excited about offering something a little different.”
The society plans to offer “agricultural awareness and homecrafts and other events … in different formats,” with more details announced in the coming weeks.
And officials stress they are committed to hosting the fair in 2021, celebrating the theme “Family Ties and Homemade Pies.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have generations of dedicated volunteers working together to organize our annual events,” stated Billiald.
For more information about the Arthur Fall Fair’s “virtual ideas and social distancing events,” visit www.arthurfallfair.com, follow the fair on Facebook (@arthurfallfair) or subscribe to “Ag Tv – Arthur Agricultural Society” on YouTube.
Anyone with questions or concerns can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Billiald at 226-820-2184.