Both Agri-Trade and Farmfair International are going ahead, but you will need proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result to get in the doors.
“We’re doing everything we can, and the government has outlined a very clear program about what we must do to keep people safe,” said Agri-Trade show manager David Fiddler. “People have learned to adapt and do business. A trip to Agri-Trade is no different than a trip to the store — it’s a shopping experience. We encourage people to come out and enjoy the show.”
Westerner Park will require proof of vaccination or a recent test for all events, including Agri-Trade and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Red Deer organization said.
Both Agri-Trade and Farmfair begin on Nov. 10, so visitors will have to have had their second vaccination two weeks before then while a negative test must “have been obtained within 72 hours,” Agri-Trade’s website states.
“Agri-Trade is working on providing rapid testing on site and will provide updated information once confirmed with details,” it added.
Farmfair said “negative COVID-19 test results will be valid for 72 hours from the time the test was administered.” They must be “privately paid PCR or rapid tests” and not from Alberta Health Services or its subsidiary, Alberta Precision Laboratories.
Proof of vaccination is required for organizations and businesses that are eligible for — and decide to opt into — the province’s Restrictions Exemption Program. Otherwise, they are limited to one-third fire code capacity and people would have to attend as households, keeping two metres away from other households.
Masking will be mandatory save for those under the age of two or for medical reasons. But if it’s the latter,”you must provide a medical exemption letter from an authorized health professional to be exempt from mask wearing,” Farmfair’s website states.
– With files from contributor Jill Burkhardt