‘Elsa’ welcomes attendees to the first-ever Drive-Thru Safari at the Abbotsford Agrifair. Organizers deemed the event a success. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

‘Elsa’ welcomes attendees to the first-ever Drive-Thru Safari at the Abbotsford Agrifair. Organizers deemed the event a success. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Drive-Thru Safari a success for Abbotsford Agrifair

Organizers state that over 1,250 vehicles took in the event over the weekend

COVID-19 didn’t stop the Abbotsford Agrifair, and organizers stated that last weekend’s first-ever Drive-Thru Safari was a success.

More than 1,250 vehicles took in the event, which saw cars follow a course throughout the Exhibition Park fairgrounds. The event ran from Friday to Sunday.

A full financial update from the event will be made available on Sept. 30.

“With all of the positive feedback we have received on site, through email and social media, we did what we set out to do, we upheld a community tradition and hosted an Agrifair that the community could safely enjoy,” stated Stephanie Nelson, Agrifair’s vice-president and media liaison.

The 20-minute trip saw carloads of people drive by attractions such as, farm animals, military vehicles, a demolition derby car display, 4-H participants with the animals, antique farm tractors and machinery, a 25-foot T-Rex, a DUPLO build, photo opportunities and much more.

A number of food trucks were also available for attendees to sample at the end of the safari.

Following the conclusion of the 2020 Agrifair, it was announced that Melanie Kish will be stepping down as fair manager. Kish had been in the position for several years.

“My heart is for the fair and our community, I simply feel that in order to maintain the positive growth for the fair it is time for new perspective” she stated in a press release.

President Bob Street noted that Kish will remain with Agrifair in a different role and thanked her for her efforts.

“We appreciate that she is not fully stepping away”, he said. “She continues to wrap up 2020 and will be assisting in training a new Fair Manager.”

Organizers added that Agrifair was the first event and fair in B.C. to successfully create a full drive-thru experience and additionally had 4-H involvement. The board and staff stated that they are proud of the event and look forward to the challenges 2021 will bring.

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