The annual Paris Fair has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, including exhibits, entertainment, competitions, and midway, has been a Labour Day weekend tradition in the community for the past 163 years.
The fall fair brings a significant number of visitors to Brant County, and also a summer tradition to locals.
The Paris Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors announced the cancellation of its 2020 event Monday.
“This was a difficult decision to make. The health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers, partners, and the community at whole are very important to us and were at the forefront of this decision.”Ross Miller, President, Paris Agricultural Society
President of the Paris Agricultural Society (PAS), Ross Miller, says the organization has already felt the impact of COVID-19 in many ways, such as cancellations of facility rentals, and other events, and now must, unfortunately, add the postponement of their annual fair. The PAS is looking ahead to the return of the Paris Fair on September 2, 2021.
PAS Manager, Cheryl Muir, says while they will not be welcoming guests to the grounds this year for the last long weekend of the summer, staff and volunteers continue to educate and engage the community through other creative ways.
“It has been amazing to see our directors, members, and volunteers step up in these difficult times to support our organization, through their leadership, innovative thinking and resourcefulness,” says Muir. “We are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who are passionate about the future of the Paris Agricultural Society and the Paris Fair.”
Muir encourages county residents to follow the PAS on their website, Facebook, and Instagram pages for updates in the coming months. The organization is planning to use the virtual world where possible, including an upcoming Canada Day celebration on July 1st.