Ashley Haas receives the 4-H champion market swine award at the 2018 Schnecksville Fair.

A Lehigh Valley fair has canceled for the second year in a row, an early reminder of the hard decisions fair organizers will face this summer because of the pandemic.

In a Feb. 13 Facebook post, the Schnecksville Fair said it had weighed the planning and financial commitments of holding the fair as well as the health guidelines and attendance limits that would be required.

Most Northeastern fairs called off their 2020 editions or reduced them to private youth livestock shows because of the pandemic. Fairs could face another year of modifications and call-offs depending how quickly Americans get vaccinated, COVID-19 cases drop, and restrictions get lifted.

Schnecksville, outside of Allentown, is one of Pennsylvania’s earliest fairs, typically happening in late June. Organizers intend to bring the event back in 2022.

The state’s first official fair, A-Day at Delaware Valley University, will not be open to the public this year. It will be held on a smaller scale with events just for students.

This article has been updated to include the fact that A-Day will not be open to the public. It originally stated that A-Day would be taking place as usual. 


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