Two World Wars, the Spanish flu, the Great Depression and dozens of other historic hardships over the last 165 years couldn’t stop the Spencerville Fair, and neither will the coronavirus, the Spencerville Agricultural Society vows.
The show will go on. Online, that is.
Tammy Ferguson, who is in charge of marketing and promotions for the fair, said the virtual fair will be a much-scaled-down version of the real thing, but it will do its best to imitate the fair experience.
“We’re trying to bring the experience to the masses without anybody having to come to the fair,” Ferguson said.
Gone will be the livestock shows, the tractor pulls, machinery displays, the crowds and the sweet smells of cotton candy and fresh horse manure.
But Ferguson said the exhibits normally in the agricultural building – flowers, artwork and the like – will be judged online.
The virtual fair will run Sept. 10-13. On the evenings of Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday the 12th, the fair is trying to line up musical entertainers who will agree to perform online.
The fair board is trying to line up other online activities that would make the fair experience come alive. Stay tuned to the Spencerville Fair website for updates, she said.
Ferguson acknowledged that most other fairs in Eastern Ontario have cancelled this year because of COVID, and that the Spencerville Fair considered it, too.
“But there’s always been a fair so we certainly didn’t want to let COVID stop us even though we can’t get together for it,” she said.
The theme of the fair is stay at home and “Come Home to Our Fair.”
Ferguson said that COVID-19 has brought times of change and uncertainty but that the fair carries an air of stability.
“We know the importance that our Spencerville Fair holds within our community,” she said in a statement. “We also know the happiness that our fair brings to families and friends.”
But she said that the health of the community is a priority for the fair, so that’s why it decided to go virtual.