Tillsonburg Fair postponed until 2021

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It takes a world war or pandemic to postpone the Tillsonburg Tri-County Agricultural Society Fair.

Seventy-five years ago, the severity of World War II caused the fair board to postpone its annual fair to show respect for Canadian soldiers fighting overseas.

This year, the fair board had no option but to follow provincial rules and regulations governing the size of a public gathering due to COVID-19 and the 166th Tillsonburg Fair in August has been postponed until 2021.

“The fair is an honoured tradition in Tillsonburg, but the safety and well-being of the community, volunteers, exhibitors, partners and fair patrons takes priority in these unprecedented times,” said Rosemary Dean, President of the Tillsonburg Tri-County Agricultural Society Fair Board.

The three-day Tillsonburg Fair will return in 2021, said Dean.


August 20-22, 2021 has already been set for the next Tillsonburg Fair, Tillsonburg Tri-County Agricultural Society’s main event at the Tillsonburg Fairgrounds.


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The Tri-County fair board thanked Tillsonburg Town Council and all the sponsors, partners and volunteers who annually support the fair.

“We as a fair board had to make a hard decision,” said Dean. “It’s not what we wanted – we had our (demolition) derby, our midway, vendors, everything in place. But with the guidelines from the government and health units, we had no choice. This decision to postpone the fair until 2021 is in the best interests of our community and surrounding areas.

“Our midways and everybody have been great, supporting us through this,” said Dean, noting their contract – and the money paid in advance to reserve rides and midway – will be honoured in 2021.

“We have been in contact with our mayor (Stephen Molnar) and through him, the CAO (Kyle Pratt), to let them know the decision we had to make, that we are not discontinuing, we are postponing. We have the support of the mayor and Council.”

If pandemic restrictions ease later in 2020, the fair board has the option to run smaller one-day events as fundraisers. For example, a one-day weekend demolition derby, said Dean, or ball hockey tournament – if those events are allowed by the government.

“Those are some options we put forward to the mayor. But only time will tell.”

More than 60 fairs across the province have already cancelled/postponed (or plan to run virtual events) this year including the Woodstock Fair, Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe, and Western Fair in London.


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