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2021 Ancaster Fair kicks off this weekend, closed to the general public

The annual fall tradition of the Ancaster Fair is back once again this coming weekend; however, this year, things will look pretty different.

One of the biggest changes to this year’s fair, which is entering its 171st iteration, is that it will be closed to the general public and only grant admission to members, exhibitors, and families of exhibitors.

Furthermore, all in-person attendees must be able to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, with the exception of those who have a valid medical exemption or those under the age of 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated.

The 2021 Ancaster Fair will also be a considerably scaled back affair, with few of the usual attractions attendees are used to.

Livestock shows and homecraft exhibits are going forward, with the focus of this year’s fair being on youth in agriculture and the Ancaster Fair’s historic roots.

“Our Board has made this decision in response to proposed changes in COVID vaccination proof coming September 22nd, 2021 and after reviewing events that have taken place in recent weeks similar to our Ancaster Fair,” reads a statement from the Ancaster Agricultural Society.

“The lack of availability of vendors, including our long standing midway and man-power, weigh into this decision. With the focus on youth, agriculture and Homecraft exhibits we will strive to make the very best of 2021 while planning for 2022 and our next 171 years.”

Read more on the Ancaster Fair website.

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