Following the announcement that the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will reopen this year, Toronto’s most iconic fair and exhibition the CNE will reopen to the public this year. CNE organizers say the popular end of summer fair will take place during its traditional time from mid-August until Labour Day at Exhibition Place.
The CNE founded in 1879 and employing about 6,000 people over 18 days annually, says it is planning to be back this year as governments give the go ahead, after being forced to cancel last summer due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are following Public Health Guidelines very carefully and will be proceeding unless governmental stipulations prevent us from doing so,” spokesperson Karen Lynch said.
The 2021 version is scheduled to run from Aug. 20 to Sep. 6.
Meanwhile, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which draws more than 300,000 visitors to Toronto annually is set to run from Nov. 5-14. Since its inception in November 1922, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has become the world’s largest indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition. IT sees thousands of unique entries from elite Canadian and International breeders, growers and exhibitors, over 4,500 large and small animals, shows, activities, shopping, dining and – of course – The Royal Horse Show.
Both events take place annually at Exhibition Place. If given the all clear, exactly how the events will operate has yet to be announced.
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