Sunderland Fall Fair cancelled for second consecutive year

For the second year in a row, the Sunderland Agricultural Society has been deemed necessary to cancel the Sunderland Fall Fair.

In a July 9 statement, the Society noted a recent meeting by the executive to discuss the current situation surrounding COVID-19, as well as the potential for restrictions to be eased moving forward. 

“As a result of these discussions, the responses expressed in a survey of committee chairpersons, a review of the provincial guidelines for outdoor events, consultation with the Township and a subsequent online vote by the Board of Directors, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the 2021 fair in its usual format,” reads the emailed statement.

“This decision was based on the fact that while there may be an easing of restrictions for outdoor events in terms of capacity limits, there will still be significant COVID-19 protocols in place and it is most unlikely that any indoor events will be permitted at all.”

In their email, the Society emphasized its commitment to the health and safety of members, volunteers and patrons.

“Consequently, while we regret this decision, we feel it is necessary for the well-being of all,” continues the statement.

While the fair in its usual format has been cancelled, the Society’s Board of Directors voted to explore the possibility of holding some modified shows, following capacity limits and safety protocols.