More than two dozen county fairs in Illinois have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as we become aware of additional fair decisions. Decisions made so far include:
STATE FAIR in Springfield and Du Quoin — Canceled. Read coverage here.
BOONE — The Boone County Fair issued a statement announcing the cancellation of the 2020 fair. The 2021 Boone County Fair is scheduled for August 10 – 15.
CLINTON — A summer tradition since 1951, the Clinton County Fair in Carlyle has been canceled "due to the government limitations placed on fairs and festivals," according to a message on the fair's website.
CLARK — The 2020 Martinsville Agricultural Fair, originally scheduled for June 7-13, has been canceled. "We are obliged to follow the state's guidelines for gatherings and our number one priority will always be the safety of our fairgoers, participants, vendors and volunteers. We will look forward to having a great Fair in 2021," according to fair officials.
COLES — Coles County fair canceled.
CUMBERLAND — The 2020 Cumberland County Fair has been canceled.
DUPAGE — The DuPage County Fair, scheduled for July 22-26, has been canceled because of the "current world situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and guidelines as it relates to large group gatherings." An announcement on the fair's website further states: "We will engage the Farm Bureau, Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, and our Fair family (Fantasy Amusements, Braun Events, vendors, entertainers, and exhibitors) to determine when and how to continue our 66-year tradition of a county fair. These discussions include re-engineering what a fair could look like later this year."
EDWARDS — The fair board voted May 5 to cancel the county fair, scheduled for July 22-Aug. 1. "This was not an easy decision for the board to make," according to a message on the fair's Facebook page.
FORD — Ford County fair officials have postponed the June 14-20 county fair because of COVID-19. "At this time it is our intentions to schedule a shortened event later this summer in August," according to a message on the fair's Facebook page. "We will do everything possible to put on an exhibition for the junior exhibitors that have worked so hard with their projects this spring."
HAMILTON — The Hamilton County Fair Board has canceled this year's fair in McLeansboro, according to a message on its Facebook page. "Hamilton County has been very fortunate so far in not having a large outbreak," the message stated. "We felt we need to take the proactive step in canceling this year for the health and safety of our community."
HENRY — Henry County Fair Board members have canceled the county fair scheduled June 23-27 due to COVID-19. “We’re uncertain what the future holds, but we will continue to monitor the situation,” the fair board wrote. “If restrictions ease over the coming weeks/months, we will explore options for livestock shows and potentially small events and activities to celebrate our county … Thank you for your understanding and the shared love we all have for county fairs and the fun they bring, the values they instill in our youth and being a true piece of Americana.”
JASPER — The Jasper County Fair scheduled for June 21-27 has been postponed. A message on the county fair Facebook page states: "After much deliberation, review of federal guidelines, along with the notification that the 4-H shows would be held virtually, the Jasper County Agricultural Association decided to postpone the Jasper County Fair to a later date. The Jasper County Fair was planning to celebrate the 150th Jasper County Fair in June. Dates for the postponed fair have not been determined. The board will meet at a later date to set date(s) for future events. Details of events to celebrate the 150th Jasper County Fair will be made available to the public as soon as they have been finalized. This is not the way we wanted to celebrate the 150th Jasper County Fair, but this is a unique year. Keep watching for updates and notifications of the rescheduled events."
LEE — The Lee Co. Fair Association canceled the 2020 Lee County Fair & Jr. Show scheduled for July 23-26. "The roll call vote taken at our meeting could not have been more somber," according to a June 4 message on Facebook.
LOGAN — The Logan County Fair Association canceled the 2020 Logan County fair. "Please know this decision was not made lightly; however, we hold true to our number one priority: the health and wellness of our supporters and exhibitors."
MACON — Scheduled for June 9, this county fair in Decatur has been canceled. "It wasn't an easy decision to make," according to the fair website.
MACOUPIN — The Macoupin County Fair and Agricultural Association Board of Directors have canceled the county fair scheduled for June 9-13. "We had an amazing 2020 fair planned and we look forward to being back bigger and better in 2021," according to a message on the fair's website. "We will be ready to make up for our lost time with those who all love the county fair, as much as we do."
MCLEAN — The McLean County Fair, scheduled for August 5-9, has been canceled. "It was a difficult decision, but ultimately our concern for public health and challenges in adhering to social distancing protocols proved to be the deciding factor.” said Mark Hines, president of the McLean County Fair. “The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity fair would be too harmful and we want to protect the ability of the McLean County Fair to continue for future generations.”
MENARD — Canceled. An announcement on Facebook read in part: "After much thought and consideration, it was unanimously decided that the fair scheduled for July 14-19, 2020 is canceled due to guidelines enacted by Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Discussions with state agencies, local officials, fellow fair boards, and others were held, in search of feasible options to hold the fair. Unfortunately, there are too many hurdles which are beyond our control. Rest assured, all options and avenues to put on the July fair were explored. The health and safety of our fairgoers has always been of utmost importance, every year."
MONTGOMERY — Members of the Montgomery County Fair Board canceled this year's county fair, but hope to have a queen pageant and demolition derby at a later date.
MONROE — The 2020 Monroe County Fair also has been canceled. "Our concern has been and always will be the health and safety of all of those involved in the Monroe County Fair," according to a statement from Don Schrader, president of the Monroe County Fair Board. "And if we continue to work together to get through this difficult time, we will come out of this pandemic as an even stronger community."
MORGAN — The fair scheduled for July 5-12 has been canceled. "After weeks of earnest consultation with the local health department, 4-H Extension program, local and state leaders and fellow county fair boards, guidelines of the phased Restore Illinois plan do not allow a feasible option for this year’s event to be held," according to a message on the fair's Facebook page.
MOULTRIE-SULLIVAN — The Moultrie-Sullivan Fair Board voted May 5 to cancel the 2020 Moultrie-Sullivan Fair, previously scheduled for June 12-13. The fair is separate from the Moultrie-Douglas 4-H Show. To recognize excellence, the fair board encourages exhibitors to send photos of themselves with their project and/or animals. Their goal is to post the images on the fair’s Facebook page to recognize exhibitor’s hard work.
MOULTRIE-DOUGLAS — A June 2 announcement on the fair's Facebook page stated: "After closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and being in discussions with our local health officials, we are sad to announce that the 2020 Moultrie-Douglas County Fair has been canceled. The Board of Directors met Monday, June 1, 2020, and made the hard decisions and felt it was in the best interest to keep all fairgoers safe and healthy. With the most recent Restore Illinois phases, it is impossible for the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair to be at Phase 5 by fair week. We look forward to being back bigger and better than ever in 2021."
OGLE — The Ogle County Fair Association unanimously voted to cancel the 167th Ogle County Fair in Oregon, Ill. "The board is extremely saddened to have to make this decision. The health risks and added layers necessary for safety far outweigh the benefits of having the fair this year," according to a message on the fair association's Facebook page.
PERRY — After a "great deal of discussion and consideration," the Perry County Fair Board canceled the 2020 fair in Pinckneyville. "Due to our state's current Executive Order and 'Restore Illinois' plan, its just not possible," according to a statement on Facebook. "This is NOT the outcome we were hoping for for anyone — our exhibitors and competitors, concessionaires, event promoters and vendors, and of course, our loyal spectators." Organizers still hope to have the fall demolition derby on Oct. 3.
PIATT — The Piatt County Fair Board "made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 fair. We look forward to planning a great 2021 fair for next summer. Thanks for your support." It was originally scheduled for June 18-21.
PIKE — Officials canceled the county fair in Pleasant Hills after three weeks of discussion. A message on the fair's Facebook page read in part: "This was not a decision that was made lightly, however with the state of affairs within our state and throughout the country, we felt that this was the prudent way to go. We pray for your understanding and for the health and safety of you and your family."
SANGAMON — The Sangamon County Fair, originally scheduled June 17-22, has been postponed. The Sangamon County Fair Board plans to hold a modified fair for October 2-3, which will include the Swyear Carnival, a Demolition Derby, local bands in the Miller Pavilion, food vendors, a talent show, and general fair entries. Sangamon County Fair Board President Nathan Smith said: “This was an extremely difficult decision, but after reviewing the details of Illinois’ phased reopening plan it has become apparent that hosting our fair this June will not be possible. The health and safety of our fairgoers, vendors, and volunteers is of the utmost importance.”
SCHUYLER — The Schuyler County fair, held since 1941, has been canceled. "We will, as always, continue to work throughout the year on projects and improvements to come back stronger than ever in 2021," according to a message on the fair's Facebook page.
VERMILION — The fair, scheduled for June 24-28, has been canceled. "Our No. 1 priority is keeping all our fairgoers safe, and at this time, we just don't know how we could do that." Organizers hope to reschedule the queen pageant, and continue to work on providing some socially distant entertainment this summer, according to a message on Facebook.
WESTERN ILLINOIS — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and crowd-gathering guidelines in the state of Illinois' reopening plan, the 2020 Western Illinois Fair week in Griggsville is canceled. If crowd-gathering guidelines allow, the following events will be held on July 23-25: Western Illinois Fair Queen and Princess Pageant, School Bus Demolition Derby and Mike Brown Promotions Demolition Derby.
WILLIAMSON — The Williamson County Fair Board canceled this year's fair scheduled for June 14-20. "The health and safety of fair-goers is our top priority. We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time."
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