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9 Maine Ag Fairs postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus concerns

The Maine Associate of Agricultural Fairs says of its 25 fairs, 9 are postponed and the rest will continue to evaluate the situation and follow CDC guidelines.
Credit: Photo via Union Fair

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs (MAAF) announced Saturday that some of the fairs they represent have made the decision to postpone to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis.

“The safety of our fair partners, participants, guests and community is and always will be the highest priority in producing our annual fairs,” MAAF said in a press release. “After meeting for several weeks with fair presidents (and their representatives), our Maine Fairs have been forced to make difficult decisions.”

The following fairs are postponed to 2021:

  • Acton Fair
  • Harmony Free Fair
  • Houlton Agricultural Fair
  • Litchfield Fair
  • Monmouth Fair
  • Northern Maine Fair
  • Ossipee Valley Fair
  • Topsham Fair
  • Waterford World’s Fair

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MAAF says the other fair they represent are continuing to evaluate the coronavirus situation and will follow guidelines as put forward by the Maine CDC and the Governor’s Office.

Those fairs include:

  • Bangor State Fair
  • Blue Hill Fair
  • Clinton Lions Fair
  • Common Ground Country Fair
  • Cumberland Fair
  • Farmington Fair
  • Fryeburg Fair
  • Maine Farm Days
  • Oxford County Fair
  • Piscataquis Valley Fair
  • Pittston Fair
  • Skowhegan Fair
  • Springfield Fair
  • Union Fair Maine Wild Blueberry Festival
  • Windsor Fair

Blue Hill Fair president David Gray posted an update on the fair's Facebook page on Friday, saying they are still trying to determine if they will continue with their 2020 fair. 

"Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are faced with the difficult decision of possibly cancelling [six] our 2020 season," Gray wrote. "These are challenging times for everyone and the fair is no exception. We continue to meet regularly with the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs, reviewing the latest state directives, to determine what is best for our fair as well as other fairs across the state."

Gray said they will continue to monitor the situation and says they plan to make a decision around June 1. 

MAAF will provide updates if and when more decisions are made. 

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