By Sue Tiffin
For the second year in a row, the 150th Kinmount Fair has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement of the decision was made through a post on the Kinmount Fair’s social media page on June 4.
“Due to the ongoing public health restrictions and the resulting challenges in planning for a Kinmount Fair we can all enjoy safely, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Kinmount Fair,” reads the post. “We want to ensure we are able to host a fair like the ones we have all known and loved while maintaining the safety of all fair patrons. We will be starting plans for the 150th Kinmount fair to be held in 2022.”
The three-day fair typically includes agriculture and equestrian shows, live entertainment, a midway, demolition derby and historical exhibitions and is attended by thousands of people, many who travel to the area to attend. This year’s event was scheduled to take place Sept. 3, 4 and 5.
In May 2020, the event was cancelled at the same time as numerous other fairs throughout the province during the first summer of the pandemic. At that time the announcement noted the challenges of public health restrictions in place for organizers to make preparations for the event, as well as social distancing “for an event the size of the fair.”
In its long history, the Kinmount Fair has faced setbacks before – during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the fair remained active but finding prize money was challenging and one year the secretary was gifted with a quilt instead of a cash honorarium, according to a 2009 issue of the Kinmount Gazette.
“See you in 2022,” reads this year’s post.
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The 2022 Kinmount Fair is scheduled to take place Sept. 2, 3 and 4 next year.