Ancaster's Heritage Days cancelled for 2020

News Apr 28, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Heritage Days celebrations scheduled for June 13 have been cancelled for 2020.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Heritage Days, stated in a news release issued April 28, that the event could not proceed due to “uncertainty, closures, restrictions and safety concerns” caused by the novel coronavirus.

In addition, any Heritage Days events scheduled for the Canada Day weekend have also been shelved.

This will be the first time the annual event has not happened since 1979 when it began.

The Heritage Days organizing committee had been waiting for the city to grant permits to allow the event to proceed in June. But Gerrard said earlier that he was skeptical the city would allow the event to move forward because of public health concerns.

Gerrard said the organizing committee will be “working together” with the Ancaster Business Improvement Area, sponsors, vendors and Coun. Lloyd Ferguson to hold Heritage Days “as soon as possible." Gerrard has said the event would come back in 2021.

“While we do not know when social distancing restrictions will be eased, we remain committed to coming back as soon as we can,” said Gerrard.

“And we will need to come back together again as a community to celebrate, rub shoulders, and party!”

The event celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019 with its popular parade, soapbox derby, activities at KidsWorld, a street festival that included vendors, food trucks, live music at Teen Scene, various historical displays and evening fireworks.

Ancaster business owner Bette Fraser and former Town of Ancaster mayor Ann Sloat crafted the idea of holding Heritage Days in 1979 as a way to get the community together. The very first event included a sidewalk sale and the Ancaster Old Mill race.

The event has over the years attracted a loyal community following and the various activities have expanded to include the parade and soapbox derby, but also live music, games, and a soccer tournament.

Ancaster's Heritage Days 2020 cancelled because of the novel coronavirus

Parade, other events shelved

News Apr 28, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Heritage Days celebrations scheduled for June 13 have been cancelled for 2020.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Heritage Days, stated in a news release issued April 28, that the event could not proceed due to “uncertainty, closures, restrictions and safety concerns” caused by the novel coronavirus.

In addition, any Heritage Days events scheduled for the Canada Day weekend have also been shelved.

This will be the first time the annual event has not happened since 1979 when it began.

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The Heritage Days organizing committee had been waiting for the city to grant permits to allow the event to proceed in June. But Gerrard said earlier that he was skeptical the city would allow the event to move forward because of public health concerns.

Gerrard said the organizing committee will be “working together” with the Ancaster Business Improvement Area, sponsors, vendors and Coun. Lloyd Ferguson to hold Heritage Days “as soon as possible." Gerrard has said the event would come back in 2021.

“While we do not know when social distancing restrictions will be eased, we remain committed to coming back as soon as we can,” said Gerrard.

“And we will need to come back together again as a community to celebrate, rub shoulders, and party!”

The event celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019 with its popular parade, soapbox derby, activities at KidsWorld, a street festival that included vendors, food trucks, live music at Teen Scene, various historical displays and evening fireworks.

Ancaster business owner Bette Fraser and former Town of Ancaster mayor Ann Sloat crafted the idea of holding Heritage Days in 1979 as a way to get the community together. The very first event included a sidewalk sale and the Ancaster Old Mill race.

The event has over the years attracted a loyal community following and the various activities have expanded to include the parade and soapbox derby, but also live music, games, and a soccer tournament.

Ancaster's Heritage Days 2020 cancelled because of the novel coronavirus

Parade, other events shelved

News Apr 28, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Heritage Days celebrations scheduled for June 13 have been cancelled for 2020.

Rev. Aaron Gerrard, chair of Heritage Days, stated in a news release issued April 28, that the event could not proceed due to “uncertainty, closures, restrictions and safety concerns” caused by the novel coronavirus.

In addition, any Heritage Days events scheduled for the Canada Day weekend have also been shelved.

This will be the first time the annual event has not happened since 1979 when it began.

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The Heritage Days organizing committee had been waiting for the city to grant permits to allow the event to proceed in June. But Gerrard said earlier that he was skeptical the city would allow the event to move forward because of public health concerns.

Gerrard said the organizing committee will be “working together” with the Ancaster Business Improvement Area, sponsors, vendors and Coun. Lloyd Ferguson to hold Heritage Days “as soon as possible." Gerrard has said the event would come back in 2021.

“While we do not know when social distancing restrictions will be eased, we remain committed to coming back as soon as we can,” said Gerrard.

“And we will need to come back together again as a community to celebrate, rub shoulders, and party!”

The event celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019 with its popular parade, soapbox derby, activities at KidsWorld, a street festival that included vendors, food trucks, live music at Teen Scene, various historical displays and evening fireworks.

Ancaster business owner Bette Fraser and former Town of Ancaster mayor Ann Sloat crafted the idea of holding Heritage Days in 1979 as a way to get the community together. The very first event included a sidewalk sale and the Ancaster Old Mill race.

The event has over the years attracted a loyal community following and the various activities have expanded to include the parade and soapbox derby, but also live music, games, and a soccer tournament.