OTTAWA — The novel coronavirus pandemic has kiboshed another upcoming public event, with organizers calling off this year’s Ottawa Valley Farm Show this afternoon.
The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association announced the decision this afternoon “with great sadness,” following a recommended risk assessment by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Drawing hundreds of agribusiness exhibitors, this would have been the 93rd annual show, March 17-19 at the EY Centre. It’s the first missed year in the Farm Show’s history.
The OVSGA writes on its Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association has decided to cancel the Ottawa Valley Farm Show in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. After a risk assessment as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the executive came to the difficult but unanimous decision of cancelling the show, with full support of the board of directors.
Our top priority, as always, remains the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, volunteers, directors, and the community at large. The decision comes after Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, advised that gatherings of more than 1,000 people be cancelled or postponed. This is about protecting people and family. The board has taken responsibility to assess and minimize the risk to all involved in the show. The cancellation of the Ottawa Valley Farm Show follows the cancellation of events and gatherings locally and across the nation.
We are currently developing a strategy to manage the impact this decision has on our exhibitors, visitors, vendors, and volunteers. We have not made this decision lightly, as we have valued and longstanding commitments and relationships. We do believe that this is the correct course of action given global public health implications at this time.
We thank you all for you support during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show 2021, March 9-11.
Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association