One of Canada’s biggest agricultural events has crossed itself off the 2020 summer calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s Farm Show, which rebranded in December from its former Canada’s Farm Progress Show identity, announced Monday it has officially postponed to an as-yet unconfirmed date.
The annual show, organized by the Regina Exhibition Association (REAL), had been scheduled for June 16-18 at Regina’s Evraz Place.
“We have continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and have adjusted and adapted to the public health orders that remain in place,” REAL CEO Tim Reid said in a release Monday.
“In order to continue flattening the curve, we felt it was best to make the difficult decision to postpone the event.”
REAL’s decision comes in the wake of the Saskatchewan government’s announcement Thursday of a plan for a phased-in reopening of various services that had been shut down in the pandemic.
The province said certain services such as dentistry, optometry and physiotherapy and “low-risk” activities such as golf, fishing and boating may resume effective May 4, in the first phase of a five-phase re-opening plan.
However, the province’s plan does not allow for resumption of public or private gatherings of more than 30 people until phase five — and no hard date has yet been set for any of phases three through five.
At 365 confirmed cases as of Monday afternoon, including 288 recoveries, Saskatchewan has the fifth-lowest COVID-19 load of Canada’s provinces. Of those 365 cases, 74 were in the Regina area.
Canada’s Farm Show, which dates back to 1978, bills itself as drawing over 30,000 visitors annually from over 50 countries, and “covering over 1.9 million square feet of space with everything from the latest in equipment and software technology to industry-leading keynote speakers and lifestyle products.”
REAL’s decision follows the cancellations or postponements last week of other major Prairie fairs and events including the Calgary Stampede, K-Days and the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition. — Glacier FarmMedia Network