The popular summer event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but will now take place from Aug. 20 to 22 and Aug. 25 to 29.
QCX’s midway partners changed their routes this year, making it possible to have longer and later dates. Typically the fair runs for just five days.
Due to other Canadian fairs already being cancelled for 2021, such as Edmonton’s K-days and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, QCX will also feature more rides and games than usual.
Visitors can expect the usual entertainment, concerts, food and drinks as well.
“We are excited to reopen the REAL campus with the announcement of QCX’s new dates over two weekends in August,” said Tim Reid, REAL CEO.
“We are thrilled to be calling our staff back to work and ecstatic to get back to making the moments and memories we have missed this past year.”
Reid said that between now and the start of the event, he expects REAL will welcome around 750 employees back to work. He said about 100 of those are full -time employees.
Provincial public health guidelines concerning COVID-19 will be in effect.
Reid said, though, that with the announcement that all health order restrictions could be lifted by July 11 planning is occurring for the possibility that no restrictions will be in place.
“Right now, we have options to consider six feet of physical distancing right up to 20 feet, but with the announcement yesterday, we also have the opportunity that there may be no restrictions,” he said.
“So we have a plan to allow 10,000 people a day onto the grounds, or as we’ve seen in the past, 30, 40, 50 thousand people depending on success.”
Tickets go on sale on June 21 at 10 a.m. at www.queencityex.com.
Programming, protocols and concert information will be announced in the coming days on QCX social media channels.