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Fair cancellations continue to grow

Colleen Kottke
Wisconsin State Farmer
To date, 52 fair committees have made the difficult decision to cancel their fairs for the summer of 2020.

To date, 52 fair committees have made the difficult decision to cancel their fairs for the summer of 2020. Many of the committees worked under the directives of county, state and national health agencies in regards to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many cited the limitations placed on large public gatherings in terms of logistics, and the health and safety of volunteers, staff, vendors, exhibitors.

According to the Wisconsin Association of Fairs as June 30, 2020, 23 of 75 state aided Wisconsin State, County and District Fairs are planning on hosting their 2020 Fair. Events that have announced cancellations include:

  • Manitowoc County Fair
  • Alto 4-H and Farm Bureau Fair
  • Calumet County Fair
  • Bayfield County Fair
  • Racine County Fair
  • Richland County Fair
  • Clark County Fair
  • Blake's Prairie Jr. Fair
  • Oconto County Fair
  • Barron County Fair
  • Washburn County Fair
  • Outagamie County Fair
  • Monroe County Fair
  • Vernon County Fair
  • Dodge County Fair
  • Winnebago County Fair
  • Grant County Fair
  • La Crosse Interstate Fair 
  • Adams County Fair
  • Vilas County Fair
  • Athens Fair
  • Juneau County Fair
  • Crawford County Fair
  • Buffalo County Fair
  • Wisconsin Valley Fair
  • Kenosha County Fair
  • Green County Fair
  • Portage County Fair
  • Jefferson County Fair
  • Lincoln County Fair
  • St. Croix County Fair
  • Taylor County Fair
  • Northern WI State Fair (postponed)
  • Washington County Fair
  • Waukesha County Fair
  • Iron County Fair
  • Polk County Fair
  • Florence County Fair
  • Rock County Fair
  • Wisconsin State Fair
  • Trempealeau County Fair
  • Door County Fair
  • Marquette County Fair
  • Dunn County Fair
  • Columbia County Fair
  • Lodi Ag Fair
  • Stoughton Fair (Associate Member)
  • Elroy Fair
  • Dane County Fair
  • Green Lake County Fair
  • Sauk County Fair
  • Kewaunee County Fair
  • Oneida County Fair

To check on updated cancellations, visit the Wisconsin Association of Fairs website.