Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Brigden Fair 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Brigden Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

“It is with sincere regret that the Moore Agricultural Society is announcing the postponement of the 2020 Brigden Fall Fair to the fall of 2021,” stated Malcolm Rogers, president, on behalf of the Moore Agricultural Society Board of Directors, in a press release.

“Each year over the Thanksgiving Weekend our fairgrounds, as well as the small community in which we reside, welcomes upwards of fifty thousand people to our four day celebration of agriculture. Unfortunately as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, the Moore Agricultural Society does not feel that an event such as the Brigden Fair can be successfully held without compromising the safety of the volunteers, exhibitors, staff, judges, vendors, sponsors, community, and patrons that are relied upon.”

Rogers said enhancement of both rural and urban life is central to the mission of the Moore Agricultural Society and because of the way this year has progressed, the possible benefits of moving forward with the fair are outweighed by the risks involved.

“In addition to the individual health risks, the financial considerations of moving forward with the Brigden Fair have weighed heavily on the minds of the organizers,” Rogers said.

“The operation of the Moore Agricultural Society largely relies on donations provided through the generosity of local individuals and businesses. We recognize that many, if not all of our sponsors have been hit hard over the past few months by the economic repercussions of the ongoing global pandemic.”

Rogers said the Moore Agricultural Society “refuses” to let the 170th Brigden Fall Fair become a financial burden to their sponsors and to the community that supports them.

“However, make no mistake, the seriousness of the decision to postpone the fair is not taken for granted,” he said.

Rogers said is encouraging people to monitor the official Brigden Fair website, along with its various social media accounts for news regarding any ongoing activities they may be able to host, once restrictions are adjusted.

“We recognize that the Brigden Fair has far reaching social and economic impacts, and in the coming months we will do our best to mitigate the losses felt across the community,” Rogers said.

“The Moore Agricultural Society membership will take this time to complete projects around our property and work with our committees (while social distancing), to come back stronger and even more creative next year.”

Rogers added: “Please continue to work on your exhibits using the theme ‘Hats Off to Brigden Fair’, hone your prize winning recipes and plan for a time when we can all meet again and truly give ‘thanks’ that together we have endured. All the best to everyone. Stay healthy, stay safe and we will see you Thanksgiving weekend 2021.”

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