Royal Agricultural Fair cancels in-person events this year

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TORONTO — The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair says it's cancelling in-person events this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Toronto-based annual event, which runs in November, bills itself as the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event in the world.

Organizers say this year's event, which will mark the fair's 99th anniversary, will take the form of an "education-focused online experience."

They say the fair hopes to resume in-person operations next year, for its 100th anniversary.

The fair was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 and its CEO says international uncertainty due to the pandemic led to the decision not to host the multi-day event in person this year.

Charlie Johnstone says organizers cannot guarantee a plan this year for exhibitors and competitors to compete "at an elite level.”

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair first opened its gates in Toronto in 1922. It includes the Royal Horse Show, an internationally renowned equestrian event.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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