MANITOULIN – The Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic is the latest of Manitoulin’s events to bid farewell to the 2020 season.
“It is with great sadness that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Manitoulin Expositor Salmon Classic scheduled to take place from July 25 to August 22,” a press release from organizer Dave Patterson released last week states. “After closely monitoring the situation for the past month and listening to our chief medical officers of health, we have come to the only responsible conclusion: we must forgo this year and focus on keeping anglers, volunteers and Manitoulin residents safe.”
Mr. Patterson went on to thank the derby’s past, present and future sponsors, anglers, volunteers and residents of Manitoulin Island for their understanding. “We are incredibly grateful for your support,” he added.
“We hope that everyone stays safe through this unprecedented time and we look forward to beginning the planning of Salmon Classic 2021 and hope to see all the familiar faces—and new ones too—there,” Mr. Patterson said.
Last week, the Manitoulin Fine Arts Association also cancelled its popular July event, the Manitoulin Art Tour, and said it will not be opening the North Channel Gallery in Little Current.