BOONVILLE — Due to social distancing and other mandated restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Boonville-Oneida County Fair, originally scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 2, has been canceled.
"It is with much regret after lengthy discussion, the Board of Directors of the Boonville Oneida County Fair have made the very tough decision to cancel the 2020 Boonville Oneida County Fair,” said David Hyatt, board president. "Our concern is first and foremost with the safety and well-being of each and every person who attends, and the volunteers who make each year's fair a success. It’s impossible for us to adhere to all the Centers for Disease Control standards and recommendations, and still provide a safe and entertaining event."
The Boonville Oneida County Fair first opened it gates in 1888 and has continually entertained thousands of people over the many years. The only other time the fair did not open was in the year 1943 during World War II.
Hyatt said the board continues to plan the 2021 event, with tentative dates of July 27 through Aug. 1.
"Stay healthy, stay safe and hopefully we will see you all next year,” he said.