In a series of tweets, the Saratoga County Fair Board of Directors announce that the 2020 Saratoga County Fair, scheduled for mid-July, will be cancelled.
The series of tweets, pictured below, notes that this is the second time the fair has been cancelled in the 179 year history of the fair. The first and only time prior to this year was during the Civil War in the 1860’s. The Board of Directors go on to explain that the cancellation is for the greater good of the patrons, volunteers and employees who help put together the fair every year.
The fair joins the TrailBlazer Festival in major outdoor multi-day events that have cancelled in 2020. The TrailBlazer Festival, scheduled for June at Hunter Mountain, announced that this year’s event would not take place as a result of the coronavirus issues. This year’s Adirondack Wine and Food Festival has been postponed to late September, and the Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally, normally held the first week in June, has been pushed to late July. The New York Racing Association, operators of Saratoga Race Course, have noted that they are coming up with a backup plan that would see the world-renowned race course offer racing this summer behind closed doors if needed.
The cancellations and postponements are a result of increased speculation that when Governor Cuomo reopens the state to business in mid-May, it will come with restrictions on mass crowd gatherings, to ensure that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t resurface to the levels that brought about the mandates in the first place.