Last two days of agri-show cancelled in response to COVID-19

Kurt Madsen (left) and Dean Breitkreutz (right) examine a CLAAS field combine during the Foster's Peace Country Classic Agri-Show, Thursday., March 12, 2020. John Watson / Daily Herald-Tribune

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Evergreen Park has cancelled the final two days of the 35th annual Foster’s Peace Country Classic Agri-Show to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as recommended by the Alberta government.

Featuring hundreds of exhibitors, the agri-show was originally scheduled to last from March 12 to 14.

“Evergreen Park is sorry we have had to cancel the final two days of the Foster’s Peace Country Classic Agri-Show—as per the Government of Alberta news release today asking that all public events of 250 or more people be cancelled,” said General Manager Dan Gorman in a statement.

“Evergreen Park felt obligated to honor the Government of Alberta request. The Park agrees steps like this are necessary to contain this terrible virus. We are grateful of the support and understanding of the Show exhibitors, sponsors and the general public.”

On Thursday, Alberta announced it would adopt “aggressive” public health measures, which recommend the cancellation of all large gatherings or international events in the province. It also advised Albertans against travel outside of the country.

Four new cases of COVID-19 have also been confirmed in Alberta for a total of 23. All cases are travel-related.