The Abbotsford Agrifair announced they will be running a drive-thru safari for 2020. (Agrifair.ca)

Abbotsford Agrifair introduces Drive-Thru Safari for 2020

Brand-new format will see event attendees remain in their car for the visit

Unlike many other local events, the Abbotsford Agrifair will not be stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers announced on Monday that this year will be an Agrifair unlike any others before and have dubbed it “Abbotsford Agrifair: A Drive Thru Safari.”

The event will run from July 31 to Aug. 2.

Those interested can purchase tickets online and choose a time slot to attend. The next step is to pack your car and travel through the safari. Guests must remain in their car for the safari.

Some of the things included on the safari include:

n Nancy the buffalo and Francine the bison with their cattle and calf friends roaming freely

n a big tank resting on a car and a full military display

n a 100-foot demolition derby car display

n 4-H participants with the animals

n antique farm tractors and machinery

n goat hill, sheep, mini horses, donkeys and more

n a 25-foot T-Rex

n a large Duplo build

n photo ops

“We have so many ideas still coming to fruition and more exhibits and attractions confirming but we wanted the community to know that we are going to wake the fun up,” stated event manager Melanie Kish.

Agrifair president Bob Street said they have worked closely with Fraser Health to ensure it will be a safe event. Guests must be on time for everything, and timing is very important to ensure the event runs smoothly.

“We have been planning a fair for our community all through the spring. We did not stop during the health crisis; we pivoted,” he said. “Keeping our community in mind, knowing that once things settled, we wanted to be ready – and we are.”

Each vehicle will receive a goodie bag upon entry, with some confirmed goodies including: two passes to the 2021 Agrifair (a $24 value), recipes from sponsors, Lego, promotions, coupons supporting shop local, menus from the food trucks and more.

At the end of the safari participants can have their photo taken by a sign that says “I drove the Agrifair Safari 2020” and have it texted to them. Users can then enter that photo into a social media contest to be eligible to win a prize.

Mini donuts and food truck options will also be available separately from the tour.

Tickets will be available on agrifair.ca and cost $15 per vehicle.

Agrifair officials added to keep visiting their Facebook page for more details as the event draws closer.

RELATED: Abbotsford Agrifair’s 2020 event still in the works

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