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Warren County Fair On Schedule For August Return

WARREN, Pa. — The Chautauqua County Fair is off for another year, but the Warren County Fair is still on schedule.

On Tuesday, officials from the Chautauqua County Fair Board announced that their event would not be held for the second straight year due to COVID-19.

Members of the Warren County Fair Board confirmed that their event is still on; the Warren County Fair was canceled in 2020.

The 90th annual fair will be held a year later than expected from Aug. 10 through 14.

The fair will not be scaled back. The board continues to move forward with a full event.

The board could not adopt a wait-and-see attitude. There are many steps that have to be taken in advance in order for the Fair to be put on.

For once, COVID is cooperating.

“We continue to plan for the 90th annual Warren County Fair,” Board Vice-President Dale Bliss said Tuesday. “Our contracts are set with our carnival company, entertainment etc. and all indications are positive, currently.”

The decision in Chautauqua County did not change the thinking of the members of the Warren County Fair Board, but they understand the reasoning. “We understand and appreciate the decisions that other fairs face when they opt to cancel,” Bliss said. “We each face similar and different obstacles.”

“Again, at this point, we feel we can conduct a familiar fair,” he said. “We feel that our community will understand if there are some things they have to do a little differently, depending on mitigation and restrictions at the time.”

There are no major changes set for the fair itself and visitors have had more than a year to grow accustomed to the CDC and Department of Health guidelines.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all restrictions, with the exception of masks in public spaces, will be lifted starting Memorial Day. Masks will no longer be required once 70 percent of all adults in the state are fully vaccinated.

Whether people will come out in droves or stay home in similar numbers, the board cannot say, but they expect an unusual number of visitors.

In April, Board President Dave Wilcox said, “Our thinking is that it’s either going to go extremely one way or extremely the other. In a normal year, we can predict some of that stuff. This year, you don’t know if some people are going be scared about going out in the crowd, or they’ve been cooped up so long they don’t care.”

“We have no way of predicting,” he said.

Online ticket sales for the Fair open in early June.

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