BLUE HILL — 2020 will go down as the second time in history that the Blue Hill Fair was canceled.
The first time was 1943 during World War II, according to Blue Hill Fair President David Gray. This time the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason.
The fair’s board of directors met Monday evening and voted to cancel this year’s fair, according to a press release issued after the meeting.
“After much discussion and consideration, the board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Blue Hill Fair,” the board stated in the release. “With health and safety being our main concern, we feel it would be impossible to follow directives set forth by the state.”
“Preparations for the fair begin months in advance and right now we would normally be starting to pay for contractual agreements on entertainment and many other costs associated with the fair. This would not be fiscally responsible.”
“We recognize the impact this has on all those involved with everything it takes to make the fair happen and we do not make this decision lightly,” the board stated. “Thanks to everyone who has supported the fair in the past, present and future. Looking forward to seeing you in 2021.”
On Tuesday, Gray said the Monday night vote to cancel was unanimous.
The fair is a member of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs. Many other members, 18, had canceled their 2020 fairs as of Tuesday. They include the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, the Windsor Fair, the Bangor State Fair and the Washington County Fair. See a full list at https://www.mainefairs.org/. There are seven fairs still “evaluating” for 2020, according to the list.