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Western Fair ready to launch virtual experience for Friday opening

Candy World food booth at the 2019 Western Fair in London. Sawyer Bogdan / 980 CFPL

There is just one day left until Western Fair kicks off its first-ever virtual fair.

Due to the novel coronavirus, the in-person festivities have had to be postponed by a year. Instead, for 2020, organizers have put together an augmented reality experience, online contests, and food delivery boxes to take its place.

Starting at 3 p.m., Friday, people will be able to access a virtual fair experience at locations around London through the Engage Art app.

Greg Blanchard, director of marking and media communications, said through the app, people can visit different outdoor locations throughout the city to experience virtual interactions through the cameras on their smartphones.

Read more: Virtual Western Fair to see augmented reality app, online contests, delivery boxes

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“Each day of the fair, there will be a different theme similar to a regular fair for 10 days,” Blanchard said.

“It’s exciting to see where technology is going.”

This the first time since the Second World War that the Western Fair has been cancelled.

“The fair has been around a long time and has had to evolve and adapt, so this is a better example of that,” Blanchard said.

Fairgoers will still get the chance to experience some of the delicious classics by way of a special food truck night next Wednesday on the Western Fairgrounds.

Read more: London, Ont.’s 2020 Western Fair cancelled due to coronavirus

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People missing the classic fair food like candy floss, funnel cakes and candy apples can still enjoy the sweet treats by way of the FairFood Boxes available for purchase starting Friday on the Western Fair website.

Blanchard said people can also purchase tickets in advance for the 2021 fair, with the first 500 getting a free front of the line pass.

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