fair is also an annual celebration of community

Lennox Agricultural Society cancels Napanee Fair

The Napanee Fairgrounds will sit quiet this August.

The Lennox Agricultural Society has made the difficult decision to cancel this year Napanee Fair, which would have marked the event 189th year running.

really sad, Carol McKinley, a member of the Lennox Agricultural Society who has served as secretary treasurer and president in the past, said on Wednesday. are so many people who look forward to making all their things, submitting them and seeing how they go in competitions. I feel totally lost right now. It a year long process of organizing. That fair ends and we planning for the next one. fair is one of several local community fairs that won take place this summer, including the Kingston Fair and the Odessa Fair.

## ## An email chain among fair board members on May 1 led to the decision to cancel.

two people wanted it to run, and the rest said no, current Lennox Agricultural Society president Leonard Austin said. the circumstances, we figured that people would be too scared to come out, with social distancing. Lennox Agricultural Society owns and maintains not only the fairgrounds but also the old York Street arena next door. The society rents out the fairgrounds and the arena for multiple events and clubs to use during the year.

Many of those regular and annual events are already cancelled, including weekend rolling skating that was taking place inside the arena all winter, as well as the annual Napanee Country Jamboree and Voodoo RockFest, Austin said.

McKinley believes the fair may have been cancelled during some war years, but otherwise, the event has been a community fixture for nearly two centuries.

She said it is an important part of the community.

raises agricultural awareness that we don see often, she said. can come to the fair and see how many different types of cows or chickens there are. You just don get that much. fair is also an annual celebration of community farming, where livestock producers, gardeners and more can not only show off their hard work but also be together.

can take some pride in showing the community what they do, bring the community into their world, McKinley said.

Though some discussions took place about online events this summer, McKinley said the board decided against it.

weren sure how it would go, she said. is in disarray. We don know what our outlook is for the future or how this is going to play out. year fair will ideally be back, bigger and better.

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