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Elizabethtown Fair canceled for 2020 by coronavirus pandemic, has plans to return next year

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors for the Elizabethtown Fair has canceled the 2020 event, which was scheduled for Aug. 24-29.

“It is with great sadness that we make this announcement. Governor Wolf announced Thursday that the ‘green’ phase of reopening would limit gatherings, including fairs, to 250 people and would also include additional requirements and restrictions that would be impossible to enforce,” the board said in a statement. “This has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel. In addition, we have a sincere concern for the safety of our volunteers, exhibitors, concessionaires, sponsors, attendees and the entire community.”

The statement continued: “We want to thank everyone for their understanding and loyal commitment to the Elizabethtown Fair during these unprecedented times. Please remember to support our local first responders, businesses and nonprofit organizations, as you are able, during this difficult time. We are incredibly thankful for the support of our patrons, volunteers, exhibitors and concessionaires. Please stay safe! We cannot wait to see you next year! Mark your calendars for Aug. 23-28, 2021. … We will be back!”

The Elizabethtown Fair is one of 109 Pennsylvania state fairs and offers animal, agricultural, competitive and commercial exhibits with a free petting zoo, free nightly entertainment, contests, rides and food.

This year’s edition would have been the 47th annual fair.