The Royal is cancelled

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled for 2020.

It was supposed to take place November 6th to 15th at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

In a release, officials state that over the past several months there has been unprecedented disruption but there has to be a commitment to help ensure the health and well-being of the community.

Charlie Johnstone is the CEO of The Royal and says that their primary responsibility remains rooted in serving the community and protecting the integrity and welfare of all.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. It brings together hundreds of competitors, thousands of animals and hundreds of thousands of guests to celebrate the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competition.

This is only the second time in the event’s history that it has been cancelled. The first time was during World War Two, when the stalls within the historic Royal Horse Palace were transformed into Army Barracks to house soldiers getting ready for deployment.

Plans are being made for 2021 and for 2022, the 100th Anniversary of The Royal.

In the meantime, virtual programming designed to engage and educate is being looked at for the fall.