County fairs forced to cancel because of coronavirus

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Another spring and summer tradition is being forced to forego the 2020 season as part of the effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and avoiding a second surge in cases during the summer.

County fair organizer across the region are beginning to annonce cancellations.

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“It is with great frustration that we announce that the 2020 Madison County Fair has been cancelled. We tried every way to make it happen but unfortunately we just cannot make it work. We hope each of you are doing well and are staying healthy,” Madison County Fair organizers said Tuesday.

“After much consideration, it is with deep regret that the Franklin County Fair and Horse Show, scheduled July 14-18, has been cancelled,” echoed the Franklin County Fair board of directors.

“After receiving updates from local and state officials, we are unsure what regulations will be in place during the next few months. Even as businesses reopen, certain restrictions on social gatherings remain and our number one goal is to keep the people in our community safe,” the board continued.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and patrons for their past and continued support. As the COVID19 virus is evaluated in the coming months, we hope to be able to offer some events later in the year if social gathering is allowed,” the board concluded

Gov. Andy Beshear has said the state hopes to allow gatherings of more than 50 people starting sometime in July but those guidelines would likely include extensive cleaning and other health and safety requirements.

Those requirements, such as cleaning rides after every use, cleaning games constantly, social distancing, could be too much for some events to handle.