YORK, Pa. — The York State Fair, scheduled to open July 24, has been canceled due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

“There were many factors in reaching this decision, including Governor Tom Wolf’s statement last week that a packed grandstand would create a problem. We also learned that 4-H is delaying participation until late summer,” said Bryan Blair, CEO of the York State Fair/York Expo Center. “Plus, when you think about all of the restrictions that would have been placed on our fair guests in terms of one-way traffic through our buildings, a restricted number of vendors and social distancing, it just became very apparent that we were not going to have the ability to make those accommodations on short notice,”

This is the first time the fair has been canceled since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding said that 21 Pennsylvania fairs had canceled as of the beginning of this week.

A press release on the fair website said the fair board is working to negotiate terms with entertainers for the grandstand stage for July 23-Aug. 1, 2021.

Information about next year’s fair will be released in the coming months.

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