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2021 Western Fair cancelled

The annual Western Fair has been cancelled for the second year in a row.

This is the second time in a row that the annual fall fair has been cancelled

The annual Western Fair will be cancelled in London, Ont., again this year. 

It's one of many fall fairs across the country that have had to cancel in 2021 because of the pandemic. The fair was also cancelled last year. 

"It was a tremendously difficult decision to cancel our signature event for a second consecutive year," said CEO Reg Ash. "Given the current timelines, we felt this was the right decision in consideration of the health and safety of our staff and community as well as the uncertainty that exists around when, and to what extent, mass gatherings will be permitted at that time."

The Western Fair was to take place from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19 this year. 

"While we may have been permitted to run some elements of the fair, we will not be able to produce the Western Fair the way in which we have been entrusted to do so by our community, and those that built it," Ash said.

"We are encouraged by the trends in both caseloads and vaccinations that we will be able to confidently start planning for the 2022 fair. We are truly excited about welcoming the community back to the site."

There will be a creative arts competition and the Rise 2 Fame youth talent competition will go ahead online, officials said. 

School groups will also be able to tour the agricultural part of the fair online. There will also be a summer night market at the Western Fair District. 

"Back by popular demand, Fair Food Boxes will provide an opportunity for some sweet treats and savoury treats and a last blast of summer fun," officials said. 

Those who purchased advanced tickets for the 2021 Western Fair will be issued refunds. 

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