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Quiet summer without country fairs 

Local country fairs in Vankleek Hill and Riceville are the latest summer festival casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the agricultural societies which organize the events promise to have even better venues for fairgoers to enjoy during the 2021 season. — archives
Local country fairs in Vankleek Hill and Riceville are the latest summer festival casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the agricultural societies which organize the events promise to have even better venues for fairgoers to enjoy during the 2021 season.
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Summer time around Prescott County won’t seem the same this year for many residents who like to go to the local country fairs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also closed the gates for two of the county’s popular and long-running country fairs. Both the organizers for the annual Vankleek Hill Fair and the Riceville Fair posted notices on their websites announcing that this year’s country fairs in their communities are cancelled.

“This decision was certainly not an easy decision to make,” stated Amanda McDonald, current president for the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, “However, in this time of uncertainty, we need to consider the utmost safety and well-being of all fairgoers, community members and volunteers.”

Both the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society and the Riceville Agricultural Society indicated planning is already underway to prepare for next year and the return of the two annual country fairs.

The 10th annual Festival de la Bine de Plantagenet Bean Festival was an early casualty of the pandemic, with organizers announcing in early April that this year’s event would not take place. The focus now is on planning for next year and ensuring a “triumphant return” of the increasingly popular summer festival.