How COVID-19 could change the future of local fairs

How COVID-19 could change the future of local fairs
A archive photo of the Ferris wheel at the Caledonia Fair. —Photo by Rick Grant.

By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

CALEDONIA—With Thanksgiving around the corner, Haldimand County is missing one of its signature landmarks. While the Caledonia Fair offered a virtual experience this year and limited drive-thru events, it was lacking its signature midway and variety of vendors that would normally light up the fairgrounds into the night.

While the temporary limitation of this cherished tradition is certain to cause a sense of longing for many this season, those who rely on events like the fair for their livelihood are finding themselves struggling to stay afloat.

“Premier Ford said 99% of businesses could open in Phase 3 and 1% can’t. Well, we’re that 1%,” said Andrew Gidaro, Director of the Canadian Association of Amusement Operators (CAAO).

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