Royal Agricultural Winter Fair cancelled due to COVID-19, potential virtual events

Published: June 26, 2020

Updated: June 26, 2020 01:56 PM EDT

In-person RAWF cancelled due to COVID-19
On June 24, 2020, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF or the Royal) Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the 2020 RAWF due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns. The annual event was originally scheduled for Nov. 6 to 15, 2020, at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ont.

The Royal is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. Each fall, the Royal brings together hundreds of competitors, thousands of animals and hundreds of thousands of guests to celebrate the best in agriculture, local food and equestrian competition.

Royal Agricultural Food Competitions to continue, potential virtual events planned
However, even though the in-person event is cancelled, the Royal’s event organizers announced they will still able to host the 2020 Agricultural Food Competitions. As well, organizers are considering hosting virtual programming or events this fall in place of the in-person fair. More information is coming soon. Interested attendees, including farmers, other industry members and consumers are encouraged to stay up to date on the Royal’s updates online and on social media.

Event organizers continue to plan the following year’s Royal fair, in November 2021.

Visit the RAWF website, read the official cancellation statement and watch the video message.

Follow the Royal on social media: @royalfair on Facebook, @THERAWF on Twitter and @theroyalfair on Instagram.

DFO’s in-person RAWF marketing activities and booth cancelled
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is traditionally involved in many RAWF activities and events, including a booth exhibiting dairy cows. DFO’s involvement in the in-person Royal fair is also cancelled this year due to the fair’s cancellation. DFO supports the Royal fair organizers’ decisions and their commitment to help ensure the health and well-being of its community. DFO staff look forward to potential virtual RAWF activities, as well as next year’s Royal fair, when in-person events are deemed safe to reopen by government health officials.

See activities DFO’s marketing division hosted or sponsored last year at the Royal through its culinary and dairy education pillars. Included were DFO’s milking demonstrations, the official Milk Calendar launch, the dairy food market, the Cheese & Butter competition and the Food and Nutrition Forum. Read DFO’s article about the 2019 Royal fair.

DFO’s marketing staff continue to engage with consumers virtually on social media. Follow DFO @OntarioDairy on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

For media inquiries, contact media@milk.org

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