COVID-19 has handed out another casualty. In addition to everything else lost in 2020, the Marion County Fair has now been canceled.
At the beginning of last week, the fair board announced some changes.
The Facebook post said, “M&C Pedal Power has made the decision to cancel the rest of their 2020 pedal pulling season effective immediately. Unfortunately for us that means we will not be able to provide a Kids Pedal Pull this year.
Due to some circumstances in the agriculture world currently, we have made the decision to cancel the petting zoo this year as well.
With the above changes in mind, we are moving all of Thursday night’s events to Wednesday evening. There will be no events on the fairgrounds the Thursday evening of fair week.
We apologize for these changes as we know these events will be missed, but we are doing our best to put on a fun and safe event for everyone!”
As the week went on, many waited anxiously to hear of further news. It came later in the week in another social media post.
“We are very sad to announce that we have made the very hard decision to cancel the public portion of the 2020 Marion County Fair. We held out as long as could, doing our very best to bring you the event everyone looks forward to every year. We made the decision we felt was best for the health and safety of our community.
Our K-State Research & Extension staff is still working to hold all 4-H events as planned, with some possible modifications.
We look forward to a great time together as a community in 2021!”
The fair was to be held July 18-26.
Brandi Barney is the board’s director this year.
“The decision to cancel this year’s fair was one that was not made easily. There was no clear cut answer on whether to have the fair or not. In the end, the decision was made with the health and safety of the community in mind,” said Barney.