Decision on Blue Hill Fair expected in June

BLUE HILL — The fate of the 2020 Blue Hill Fair will be decided around June 1, said Fair President David Gray.

Many other festivals, including the Common Ground Fair, have already canceled their summer and fall events due to COVID-19 and the challenge of complying with current social distancing requirements and gathering limits as well as protecting public health.

The fair is held over the long Labor Day weekend, starting the Thursday evening before.

When asked about waiting further into the summer before making a decision, Gray said, “We have to call it early.”

There are financial implications to operating the fair.

“We have a lot of acts that want down payments,” said Gray. “We have to start thinking about our own stuff — trophies, posters, fair books, all that stuff.”

Gray posted a message on the fair’s Facebook site last week.

“As the Blue Hill Fair would normally be gearing up for the 2020 season, we have spent the past several weeks meeting with fair officials across the state, to determine if there will be a 2020 fair season at all,” Gray wrote.  “Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are faced with the difficult decision of possibly cancelling our 2020 season. These are challenging times for everyone, and the fair is no exception. We continue to meet regularly with the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs, reviewing the latest state directives, to determine what is best for our fair as well as other fairs across the state.”

“We will provide updates as they become available,” Gray stated. “While no decision has been made to date, it is our plan to continue to monitor the situation closely and make a decision around the 1st of June.”

Nine of Maine’s agricultural fairs have been canceled for the 2020 season, including the Common Ground Fair, which is held in the fall — after the Blue Hill Fair.

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