Ancaster's Heritage Days has days numbered for 2020 event

News Apr 15, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s popular Heritage Days community event for this year is in jeopardy.

Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said discussions have been ongoing among event organizers about whether the June 13 event can be maintained as the city combats the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With the city extending its emergency measures, including closing publicly owned facilities until May 25, Ferguson said it is increasingly unlikely Heritage Days will be held.

“I don’t think we will be ready by June 13,” he said.

The province has also extended its state of emergency for another four weeks — until the middle of May — and there are still concerns the school year will be a washout.

The province late last month prohibited any public gatherings of five or more people in an attempt to encourage people to stay home. In addition, restaurants and most businesses have been required to close, some since March 17.

The city has also closed playground structures and officials have been encouraging people not to gather at popular public areas, including parks, waterfall areas and trails.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Ancaster Heritage Days, said the city has yet to cancel the event’s permit for June. He said organizers do not want to cancel the event until the city steps in first.

But Gerrard, who has been talking to area officials, including Ferguson, said he expects the event will be scrapped.

“I feel for the vendors,” he said. “We are hoping for the best.”

Gerrard released a news release on the event’s website www.ancasterheritagedays.com March 23 stating organizers were still hoping to hold Heritage Days as planned. Organizers are “committed to doing our best to fulfil our contracts for June 13.”

“However, we recognize that in the weeks and months ahead, that may change,” he said.

Organizers said the Heritage Days committee will continue to follow municipal as well as provincial and federal government guidelines for public gatherings.

Heritage Days has been a popular traditional spring event for the Ancaster community for about 40 years that celebrates the town’s history. It includes a parade along Wilson Street attracting thousands of people, a soap box derby, the Old Mill Race, and a kids area at Ancaster Village Green Park.

Ancaster's Heritage Days could be victim of coronavirus pandemic

News Apr 15, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s popular Heritage Days community event for this year is in jeopardy.

Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said discussions have been ongoing among event organizers about whether the June 13 event can be maintained as the city combats the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With the city extending its emergency measures, including closing publicly owned facilities until May 25, Ferguson said it is increasingly unlikely Heritage Days will be held.

“I don’t think we will be ready by June 13,” he said.

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The province has also extended its state of emergency for another four weeks — until the middle of May — and there are still concerns the school year will be a washout.

The province late last month prohibited any public gatherings of five or more people in an attempt to encourage people to stay home. In addition, restaurants and most businesses have been required to close, some since March 17.

The city has also closed playground structures and officials have been encouraging people not to gather at popular public areas, including parks, waterfall areas and trails.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Ancaster Heritage Days, said the city has yet to cancel the event’s permit for June. He said organizers do not want to cancel the event until the city steps in first.

But Gerrard, who has been talking to area officials, including Ferguson, said he expects the event will be scrapped.

“I feel for the vendors,” he said. “We are hoping for the best.”

Gerrard released a news release on the event’s website www.ancasterheritagedays.com March 23 stating organizers were still hoping to hold Heritage Days as planned. Organizers are “committed to doing our best to fulfil our contracts for June 13.”

“However, we recognize that in the weeks and months ahead, that may change,” he said.

Organizers said the Heritage Days committee will continue to follow municipal as well as provincial and federal government guidelines for public gatherings.

Heritage Days has been a popular traditional spring event for the Ancaster community for about 40 years that celebrates the town’s history. It includes a parade along Wilson Street attracting thousands of people, a soap box derby, the Old Mill Race, and a kids area at Ancaster Village Green Park.

Ancaster's Heritage Days could be victim of coronavirus pandemic

News Apr 15, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s popular Heritage Days community event for this year is in jeopardy.

Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said discussions have been ongoing among event organizers about whether the June 13 event can be maintained as the city combats the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With the city extending its emergency measures, including closing publicly owned facilities until May 25, Ferguson said it is increasingly unlikely Heritage Days will be held.

“I don’t think we will be ready by June 13,” he said.

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The province has also extended its state of emergency for another four weeks — until the middle of May — and there are still concerns the school year will be a washout.

The province late last month prohibited any public gatherings of five or more people in an attempt to encourage people to stay home. In addition, restaurants and most businesses have been required to close, some since March 17.

The city has also closed playground structures and officials have been encouraging people not to gather at popular public areas, including parks, waterfall areas and trails.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Ancaster Heritage Days, said the city has yet to cancel the event’s permit for June. He said organizers do not want to cancel the event until the city steps in first.

But Gerrard, who has been talking to area officials, including Ferguson, said he expects the event will be scrapped.

“I feel for the vendors,” he said. “We are hoping for the best.”

Gerrard released a news release on the event’s website www.ancasterheritagedays.com March 23 stating organizers were still hoping to hold Heritage Days as planned. Organizers are “committed to doing our best to fulfil our contracts for June 13.”

“However, we recognize that in the weeks and months ahead, that may change,” he said.

Organizers said the Heritage Days committee will continue to follow municipal as well as provincial and federal government guidelines for public gatherings.

Heritage Days has been a popular traditional spring event for the Ancaster community for about 40 years that celebrates the town’s history. It includes a parade along Wilson Street attracting thousands of people, a soap box derby, the Old Mill Race, and a kids area at Ancaster Village Green Park.