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Earlton ag show cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Organizers cite protecting health and safety of participants for decision
The 2020 Earlton Farm Show has been cancelled. (Supplied photo)

The Earlton Farm Show is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 20, organizers announced that the event, which was slated to be held April 17-18, would be cancelled for 2020.

“We feel that the Earlton Farm Show is a great kickoff to spring for the agricultural community, and kept hoping that this COVID-19 situation would disappear and a decision could be made April 1 or 2, but it appears to be escalating,” president Norman R. Koch said in a statement.

“We know the farm show is about a month away, but for the health and safety of all involved, we feel that we have no choice but to cancel the Earlton Farm Show for this year.”

The Earlton Farm Show is an opportunity for producers in the agricultural sector to gather, share best practices, and source expertise for their agricultural operations.

Events slated for this year’s event included a vendor tradeshow, an equipment and supply auction, and presentations from industry organizations, including the Ontario Sheep Farmers, and tax specialist FBC.

In 2016, more than 3,000 people attended the show.