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Columbia County Fair canceled due to COVID-19


COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Columbia County fair has been canceled over concerns about COVID-19.

After contact and consultation with the city of Portage and the Columbia County Health and Human Services department, the fair board of directors announced its decision today.

The board considered the health, financial and societal issues surrounding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic in its decision to cancel the fair scheduled for July 22-26, 2020, according to a news release.

"We fully realize how Covid-19 has had negative effects on big moments, experiences and milestones in all of our lives. The cancellation of the fair brings a great deal of disappointment to those people who plan, attend, exhibit, participate and support the fair. However the safety and well-being of all involved are of utmost importance. The difficulties encountered in social distancing, limiting the number of attendees, maintaining a high level of sanitization and insuring a safe and healthy experience as well as the liability involved were huge," organizers said.