Md. State Fair canceled, livestock shows planned
TIMONIUM, Md. — The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. has announced the 139th Maryland State Fair will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but open and youth livestock shows will go on without the public in attendance. Livestock exhibitors will be limited to Maryland residents only.
Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair and agriculture society said it has been working with state and Baltimore County officials on possible options to hold the 2020 Maryland State Fair.
“Today, it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. announce the decision to cancel the 139th Maryland State Fair,” Maryland State Fair Board Chairman Gerry L. Brewster said on Aug. 5. “Fortunately, we have received approval to allow youth and open class exhibitors from Maryland to show their animals in livestock shows following all proper protocols. Although this will not be open to the public, this will allow Maryland’s youth to showcase their hard work and will also allow the Maryland State Fair to fulfill its mission to educate and to showcase Maryland Agriculture.”
“This decision was not made lightly. We have diligently tracked information, trends and options for dealing with these unprecedented public health issues,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman. “We thank our supporters, exhibitors, vendors and fair patrons for allowing us the time to work through the complexities that surround this decision.
Fair officials said the only other time during our 142-year history that The Maryland State Fair was cancelled was during World War II when the property was used by the U.S. Army.
In April and May this year, fairgrounds was used as sites for COVID-19 testing and meal kit and resource distribution.
Fair officials said they looking ahead to the 2021 fair, scheduled for Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 2021.
“We understand that our faithful annual attendees will be disappointed. We are disappointed too, but know that this decision is in the best interest and health of our vendors, exhibitors, staff and our over half a million visitors,” said Maryland State Fair President Donna Myers. We are thankful for their continued support.”
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