The Royal is cancelled, again

This year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled, but the Royal’s Board of Directors say they are working hard to make the event’s 100th celebration in 2022 bigger and stronger than ever.

While there will be no in-person attendance, there will be an on-line experience focused on education.

In a release, Chief Executive Officer Charlie Johnstone says, “We were optimistic that we would be able to gather at Exhibition Place this year to celebrate Canadian excellence in food, agriculture and equestrian sport, but as the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 continues to create havoc around the world, it has become clear that we weren’t going to be able to host The Royal in a traditional way.”

Johnstone says they have now set their sights on 2022, noting, “As we approach our second century, the Royal is more relevant than ever, and it is our privilege to be Canada’s home for local food, agriculture and equestrian excellence.”

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world, combining sporting events, livestock shows, trade shows, family attractions and top-ranked international equestrian competitions.

The Royal was cancelled in-person events in 2020.