(Saanich Fair sunset/Kim Passmore - Instagram)

Looking for optimism as we head into the summer of 2021?

The beloved Saanich Fair has begun planning for its 152nd celebration.

While things remain uncertain due to provincial health restrictions, the organizers at the South Saanich Agricultural Society are working on multiple strategies to bring back the four-day agriculture fair for the 2021 Labour Day weekend.

In an announcement on their website, the Society assures that the Saanich Fair will proceed safely, reiterating it isn’t aware of what provincial health orders will be at the time, but is hoping for the best.

“We are heartened by the accelerated vaccination program and recent statements by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, about some relaxation of the health rules as the summer proceeds,” said the announcement.

“We are acutely aware that the Fair must comply with Health Orders at the time of the Fair – public safety is our first concern.”

The 152nd Saanich Fair took a break last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 151st Saanich Fair, held in 2019, managed to draw in more crowds than ever before with April Wine headlining the event on the third night of the event.

The fair has rides, fair foods, hordes of adorable animals, and most of all, a vast array of entertainment.

Saanich Fair President Dave Hamer told Victoria Buzz in 2019 that the Labour Day weekend fair annually draws crowds of over 45,000 per day to the Saanich Fairground.

It’s unclear whether the 2021 festival will be able to bring in the same crowds.

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