The list of canceled popular events scheduled to take place this summer has grown by one.
In a statement issued today, the Executive Board of the Westport Fair revealed the results of a vote last night that canceled the annual Fair due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is doubtful from all our gathered guidance that several thousand people would be allowed to gather and celebrate our Agricultural Heritage in July. It appears even sporting events in the fall will be held in empty stadiums.”
“The Executive Board held off as long as possible but time is short in the planning as it is necessary to notify our vendors, police and security details, carnival people, tractor and truck pulling club, 4- h groups, exhibitors etc. so that they too can plan.”
“We will say this to you all, come July, remember all the good times that have happened on the Fair Grounds and smile, but more importantly, remember how much sweeter next year and the coming years will be after missing just this one year.”
“Be safe and more importantly be strong and we will persevere through this tragedy as this nation has done through many past generations of hard-working country folk.”
The Westport Fair is one of several events to recently pull the plug for safety reasons.
Day of Portugal Fall River, which was scheduled for June, has been canceled until next year.
The Brockton Fair, scheduled to take place this July, was canceled earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was also announced that the Great Holy Ghost Feast of New England that was scheduled to take place from August 26th to 31th at Kennedy Park in Fall River had to cancel due to safety concerns involving COVID-19.
The Freetown Parade & Fireworks Committee announced the cancellation of their 3rd of July Fireworks Festival and 4th of July Parade in 2020.
The Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals also canceled their 2020 events due to the coronavirus. The Folk Festival was scheduled to take place from July 31 to August 3. The Jazz Festival was set for August 7-9.