Abbotsford Agrifair was the first large, local public event to be held under the new provincial orders, and it was a resounding success.
Between 16,000 and 18,000 people passed through the gates from Friday to Sunday over the long weekend, said Graham Vanstone, fair manager. That’s about 50 per cent of their usual attendance, but tickets were limited this year due to the pandemic. And while the numbers were smaller than the past, the feeling of community was as big as ever.
Vanstone says it was late in the planning game when organizers realized they could hold an in-person fair, after having had to cancel last year’s due to COVID-19 concerns.
But there was a moment – at the Saturday demolition derby – when he knew all the last-minute work was worth it.
“I looked out at the crowd and it looked like a normal crowd,” he said. “People were laughing and enjoying themselves, and that was the best moment.”
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