Harriston-Minto Fall Fair cancelled due to pandemic

HARRISTON – The Harriston-Minto Fall Fair is the latest local event to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair officials announced the cancellation “with great sadness” on May 27.

The 161st annual fair was set to take place Sept. 18 to 20 at the Harriston Fairgrounds.

“The health and safety of our volunteers and fair-goers is our top priority and as such, the Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society feels it is in the best interest of our community to cancel the 2020 fall fair,” states the press release.

The cancellation includes the Ambassador of the Fair Competition normally held in July.

Officials say the agricultural society “prides itself in being a resilient organization with extremely deep roots in the community dating back to 1859.”

As such, members say they are confident the fair will return next September with a “Flannel Shirts and Denim Skirts” theme.

“The Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society wishes to thank our volunteers, community members, sponsors and donors that have supported the fall fair over the years,” states the release.

“Without you, our fair would not be possible.”

For more details on the fair cancellation contact fair secretary Callise Loos at hello@harristonmintofair.ca or visit www.harristonmintofair.ca.

For information on the cancellation of the ambassador competition contact Deanna Glazema at deanna_wick@hotmail.com.