The board of directors of a Maryland county fair has decided to cancel this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The board of the Anne Arundel County fair voted this week to call off the annual event. The cancellation includes the Halloween Happening Haunted Barn and Hayride event in October. The full fair will return in September 2021, according to the fair's web page.
A virtual exhibit will be created for fair participants that would like to show off their projects, according to fair officials. In addition, the fair announced that the board approved a livestock invitational for regular fair exhibitors as several one-time shows which will follow state guidelines for livestock shows in Maryland.
There will also still be a youth livestock auction on Sept. 19 open to bidders, the fair said. Details will be worked out by the auction committee since the board of directors has made its final decision. The shows are private, one-day events not open to the public, keeping with the guidelines.
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The Maryland Renaissance Festival is undecided as the county is still prohibiting larger events.