100th Elementary School Fair postponed again, to be held in 2022
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, organizers of the Elementary School Fair have decided to again postpone the event, this time until September of 2022.
The next fair will be the 100th in history. Originally set for the fall of 2020, it was delayed until 2021 and now delayed further until next year.
Elementary School Fair President Margaret Vincent said the event’s executive had been holding regular virtual meetings and, with a large celebration planned to mark the milestone, it soon became clear that attempting to hold the event this fall would likely still be too complicated. In addition to public health guidelines and the impossible task of predicting the status of the pandemic in September, Vincent said another factor is that there just hasn’t been enough school time for students, teachers or parents to prepare items to be shown at the fair.
With everyone working to navigate online learning while many are working from home in an attempt to keep safe and comply with the provincial stay-at-home order, Vincent said the last thing the fair board wanted to do was give families another thing to do.
She said the board is going to engage with families and students in the coming months to ensure there are activities they can be doing at home to have fun and work towards the fair in 2022, connecting online and through social media.
Vincent also said that because the next fair to be held will be such an important milestone for the event, they could do it properly and make it all they felt it should be.
She also felt it was the way to best recognize the companies and residents that have stepped in with sponsorships and donations in recent years, continuing to support the fair and helping it to stay afloat.
After the Victoria Day long weekend, Vincent said the board will begin hosting virtual home activities to keep students engaged and looking ahead to next year’s fair, beginning with a sidewalk chalk challenge.
For more information or to stay connected with the fair and the events due to be held later this year, follow the Elementary School Fair on Facebook.