The 2020 edition of the Beaverton Fall Fair has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made Monday (May 25) evening during a fair board meeting held via video conference and was announced on social media soon after.
“This decision did not come lightly, however, the safety of everyone is of top priority. We will see you all in 2021 for another exciting fair,” reads a post from Mike Jubb, Ward 1 Councillor and director of the fair board.
In an interview, fair board president Terry Clayton said the current circumstances offered little other option for organizers.
“I don’t think we had any choice,” he said, noting that other fairs in the area – including those in Kinmount and Oro – have been cancelled as well.
“With the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) cancelled, it’s not a surprise.”
Though the event has struggled to attract volunteers and patrons in recent years, Clayton does not expect the cancellation to have a lasting impact on the event moving forward.
“Financially, we’re in a good position.”
“After such a successful year last year it is very unfortunate to postpone the fair, however given the pandemic, we all believed it has to be safety first. I am confident the fair will be back next year stronger than ever,” Jubb added.