This year’s Wyoming County Community Fair, scheduled for Sept. 2-7 in Meshoppen Township, has officially been canceled.
“The restrictions that came down from the governor made it almost impossible for us to go forward,” said WCCF Vice President Laura Anderson. “We want to do what’s best for our fair community to keep everyone safe.”
Organizers looked at their options and considered holding the fair even if it meant not having all of the traditional elements. They also anticipated implementing protocols for wearing face masks, social distancing and hand washing, she said.
Members of the WCCF Board waited as long as they could to make a final decision.
“It just came down to no way possible with the new restrictions. We realize how much the community looks forward to it,” Anderson said. “Families love to get together, people see folks they haven’t seen all year. It’s such a wonderful thing for families in our area and we feel bad, but we look forward to seeing everyone next year.”
They hope to roll this year’s entertainment lineup over to 2021.
For many fair goers, it was a disappointing yet understandable outcome.
Stacey Peterson, a volunteer leader with the Endless Mountains Community Club and member of the Wyoming County 4-H Livestock Committee, supports the board’s decision.
“Everything the fair board has done up until this point and continues to do is in the utmost support of the 4-H youth that attend and exhibit, the fair goers and our community,” Peterson said.
She noted that restrictions from the state level left organizers with no choice but to cancel, which wasn’t a light decision, especially knowing that 4-H kids rely on the fair.
“It was in the best interest of everybody,” Peterson said. “They had to do what they had to do.”
The Wyoming County Youth Livestock Sale featuring 2020 4-H animals will run online Aug. 31-Sept. 5, with more details to be announced, she added.
2019 Wyoming County Fair Queen Paige Zona will continue her reign for another year out of fairness, since a newly crowned queen wouldn’t have the same opportunity to experience a full fair week like Zona and the queens before her.
“Obviously I was really saddened by the choice, but I understand why the decision had to be made,” Zona said of the cancellation. “We have to keep our volunteers, vendors and attendees safe.”
Each year, she sees the fair as a place to get away for a week, connect with her community and just have fun. Zona also serves as president of the 2019 Junior Fair Board.
“We work year round to put on the fair, so it’s nice to see the reward,” she said.
The organization is always looking for new volunteers to get involved.
“Even though the fair is canceled, we’re going to come back bigger and better for next year,” Zona said.
People interested in volunteering could get in touch with any board member. Anderson reminded that their board meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month at the fairgrounds are open to the public. The next meeting is Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
“We hope folks will continue to look for updates and be excited for next year’s fair,” she said.