MARYLAND — The Maryland State Fair has officially been canceled for 2020.
Maryland State Fair spokeswoman Edie Bernier confirmed the news with WMAR-2 News.
The fair was originally scheduled to run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.
“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,” said Maryland State Fair Board Chairman Gerry L. Brewster.
Chair Brewster added, “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.”
The only other time during the fair's 142 year history that The Maryland State Fair was canceled was during World War II.
The Maryland State Fair Board of Directors, management and staff have already begun planning for the “Best 12 Days of Summer” when the Maryland State Fair returns August 26 – September 6, 2021.
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