The excitement of The Royal will have to wait for another year due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19. Originally scheduled for November 6 to 15 at Exhibition Place, Toronto, this treasured annual tradition will return better than ever in 2021.
“Our primary responsibility remains rooted in serving our community and protecting the integrity and welfare of all,” stated Charlie Johnstone, CEO of The Royal. “We understand and appreciate the time, effort and financial commitment required to compete and exhibit at The Royal and did not make this decision without very careful consideration.”
During its storied history, The Royal has been cancelled on only one other occasion, during World War II. At that time, the stalls within the historic Royal Horse Palace were transformed into Army Barracks to house soldiers preparing to be deployed to join our Canadian and Allied troops fighting in Europe.
“As we lead up to our 100th Anniversary celebrations in 2022, we take comfort knowing that the 2021 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will be, as always, an outstanding experience for all those who compete, exhibit and attend.”
In additional to The Royal’s Agricultural Food Competitions, which will still take place in 2020, virtual programming designed to engage, educate and motivate is currently being explored for this fall. More details regarding this exciting initiative will be released soon.
Together we will get through this, and “Bring the Country to the City” next November 5 to 14, 2021.
Source: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair June 24, 2020 news release