Coronavirus outbreak forces cancellation of this year’s Fryeburg Fair

This year’s Fryeburg Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the state, organizers announced Monday.The fair was scheduled to be held Oct. 4-11, but decided organizers to cancel because social distancing and personal protective equipment protocols would be nearly impossible to ensure.“We understand the fiscal role Fryeburg Fair plays in our community and the economic impact our event has on the many businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, farmers, landowners and individuals in our community and this decision did not come easy,” organizers said in a statement.Organizers said they plan to continue to make improvements at the fairgrounds this year, with plans for the fair to return in 2021.The Fryeburg Fair closes out Maine’s agricultural fair season and is one of the largest fairs in the state.Other fairs that have postponed until next year include:Acton FairBangor State FairCommon Ground Country FairHarmony Free FairHoulton Agricultural FairLitchfield Fair​Maine Farm DaysMonmouth FairNorthern Maine FairOssipee Valley Fair​Union Fair & Maine Wild Blueberry Festival​Topsham Fair​Washington County FairWaterford World’s FairWindsor FairFairs still evaluating the situation for this year include:Blue Hill FairCumberland FairFarmington Fair​Oxford County FairPiscataquis Valley FairPittston FairSkowhegan FairSpringfield FairThe status of Maine’s fairs is updated on the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs website.

This year’s Fryeburg Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the state, organizers announced Monday.

The fair was scheduled to be held Oct. 4-11, but decided organizers to cancel because social distancing and personal protective equipment protocols would be nearly impossible to ensure.

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“We understand the fiscal role Fryeburg Fair plays in our community and the economic impact our event has on the many businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, farmers, landowners and individuals in our community and this decision did not come easy,” organizers said in a statement.

Organizers said they plan to continue to make improvements at the fairgrounds this year, with plans for the fair to return in 2021.

The Fryeburg Fair closes out Maine’s agricultural fair season and is one of the largest fairs in the state.

Other fairs that have postponed until next year include:

  • Acton Fair
  • Bangor State Fair
  • Common Ground Country Fair
  • Harmony Free Fair
  • Houlton Agricultural Fair
  • Litchfield Fair
  • ​Maine Farm Days
  • Monmouth Fair
  • Northern Maine Fair
  • Ossipee Valley Fair
  • ​Union Fair & Maine Wild Blueberry Festival
  • ​Topsham Fair
  • ​Washington County Fair
  • Waterford World’s Fair
  • Windsor Fair

Fairs still evaluating the situation for this year include:

  • Blue Hill Fair
  • Cumberland Fair
  • Farmington Fair​
  • Oxford County Fair
  • Piscataquis Valley Fair
  • Pittston Fair
  • Skowhegan Fair
  • Springfield Fair

The status of Maine’s fairs is updated on the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs website.