Press Release



OCTOBER 23, 2020: With the current provincial government restrictions and concern for public health, the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Board of Directors has decided to move forward to a 2021 virtual experience convention. This decision was not taken lightly, but we feel that it is the right choice to ensure the health and safety of our members and volunteers.

The ‘OAAS Convention 2021: Gone Virtual’ will take place from February 15th to the 20th, 2021.

The celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the organization will still occur but in a different format. We will deliver various educational opportunities to our members through a strong line up of dynamic topics and speakers. Participants will continue to enjoy excellent and talented showcase entertainment, which will be shared through the virtual experience. Participants can browse and interact with our service members through our expanded and well-developed Virtual Tradeshow.

Youth involvement and engagement continues to be a priority for the OAAS. For the first time, in addition to attending 2 specific Ambassador sessions, the Ambassadors will have the opportunity to take part in the entire experience throughout the week.

Participants can enjoy the virtual experience convention from the comfort of their own home, reducing the costs of travel, accommodations, dining or taking time off work. Registered participants will have the opportunity to access 32 different seminars and participate in 2 live events/seminars each evening as well as viewing all the seminars online for the following month.  All OAAS Agricultural Society members are invited to participate in the live virtual Annual General Meeting. 

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Kathryn Lambert, Convention Administrator
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Ph: 519-287-3553

Vince Brennan, Manager
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Ph: 613-395-2465


The OAAS is the umbrella organization representing over 200 Agricultural Societies in Ontario. These Agricultural Societies organize and manage fairs in many communities ranging in size from small one day events to large multi-day events. The OAAS provides guidance, education, and programs to assist the Agricultural Societies to host their fairs and promote agriculture and a rural way of life in Ontario.         




Regarding Hotel Room Reservations for OAAS 2021 Convention at the Sheraton Parkway & Best Western, only. Our friends at the Sheraton Parkway & Best Western Hotels will do a master cancelling of all bedrooms (starting next week) in both of their hotels as long nobody paid any deposits on their reservations. If you paid a deposit, please check with the Hotel. If you made reservations elsewhere, it is your responsibility to cancel your rooms.