BARBOUR COUNTY—Just days ahead of the big event, Barbour County Fair Board members were forced to decide the fate of this year’s fair.
Although they were hopeful for this year’s affair, a rapid rise in positive Coronavirus cases throughout the county has caused the Barbour County Fair board to make the sad announcement that the 2021 event has been cancelled.
“This decision was made with the best interest of the health and wellbeing of all concerned and not made lightly by our local health and governing agencies,” said Board President Debbie Schoonover.
The event was slated to begin on Tuesday, August 31, providing fun for everyone until the final day on Saturday, September 4.
And while officials touted a slogan of 2021 Barbour County Fair: Stayin Alive at 45, for the second year in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to alter their plans.
Fair board members are hopeful for the return of one of Barbour County’s most notable attractions next summer.
“With this turn of events, we are now focusing on having the Barbour County Fair in 2022,” Schoonover noted. “Please check our website periodically for information regarding updates on refunds and other important messages.”
Readers and subscribers may notice an inserted section in this edition focusing on the 2021 Barbour County Fair that was printed and scheduled to run prior to the announcement of the cancellation.
“Because the section was already printed and set to run, it is included in this edition,” said Publisher James Austin. “Unfortunately, this year’s event will not take place, but we are optimistic that the Barbour County Fair will have a successful return in 2022.”
He went on to say that he encourages that everyone remains diligent in their fight against the virus, helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy, and by next year, with any luck, this virus will under control, so events are able to happen once more,” Austin imparted.