Ava Itle American Legion County Fair

Ava Itle, 8, of Loretto, keeps her calf, Honeybee, company Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in the barns at the American Legion County Fair at the Cambria County fairgrounds in Ebensburg.

Cambria County’s American Legion County Fair has been canceled for 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event’s board announced Friday.

Factors leading to the cancellation included “uncertainty regarding gathering restrictions, livestock and concessions participation, logistics with our carnival partners, entertainment participation, volunteer groups’ participation and the strain on our local economy,” the board said in a press release.

“The health and safety of our fairgoers, staff, concessionaires, sponsors, entertainers and others is of utmost importance,” said Bill Harker, board president. “It is clear to us that we would be unable to adhere to the (Centers for Disease Control) mandates of social distancing protocols at this time.”

The fair had been scheduled for Sept. 6 through 12. It would have been the 129th annual Cambria County fair. The 2021 fair is expected to go ahead as planned.

“We are looking forward to seeing all our neighbors and friends at next year’s fair,” Harker said.

The Bedford County Fair has also been canceled “due to COVID-19 mandates,” according to a message posted on its website. A timer on the website is counting down the days until the next Bedford County Fair, scheduled to be held from July 25 through 31, 2021.

As of Friday, the Somerset County Fair was still scheduled to go ahead from Aug. 20 through 29.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.

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