Annual event was scheduled to take place Aug. 7-16 at the Clark County Fairgrounds
RIDGEFIELD — The 2020 Clark County Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event was scheduled to take place Aug. 7-16 at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
In a release issued Wednesday morning, Fair officials indicated they were unable to continue with preparations due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“While we were hopeful that we would be able to move forward with the 2020 Clark County Fair, based on the information we have received from the Department of Health and Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington guidelines regarding COVID-19, our Fair Board has made the decision to cancel the Fair,’’ the release stated. “This was a difficult decision that was made in the best interest of the community. It was one not taken lightly nor made quickly; but made to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, attractions and staff.’’
This would have been the 152nd year of the annual event. The Fair attracts as many as 280,000 visitors in most years and, obviously, provides a great deal of stimulation to the local economy.
“As disappointed as we are, we are looking forward to a better 2021 and bringing the Fair to you with all the activities, educational offerings, fun, food, displays and entertainment that we have been known for. Planning for an event of this size takes months and we are committed to working hard to produce the best Fair in Washington,’’ the release stated.
“We wish you good health in the future,’’ Wednesday’s release concluded. “As the Fairgrounds are able to open safely, we will bring you all the events you have come to expect and enjoy — and that includes the 2021 Clark County Fair.’’