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Great Allentown Fair cancelled for first time since WWI

The midway of the Great Allentown Fair in August 2019. The lights will not be shining in 2020. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

 

The Great Allentown Fair has been canceled for this year.

Because of the concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 1 – 7 will not be held.

This is only the third time since the fair started in 1852 that it has been canceled.

The fair wasn’t held in 1917 and 1918 during World War I because the fairgrounds were used for military training said Beverly Gruber, president of the nonprofit Lehigh County Agricultural Society that owns and operates the fair.

She noted that in 1916 and 1941, the Allentown Fair did not allow children under the ages of 16 to enter the grounds during the fair to protect them from the Polio epidemic.

Two of the grandstand concerts have been postponed until next year’s fair. The Toby Keith with special guests Matt Stell and Laine Hardy concert is rescheduled to Sept. 2, 2021. The Carrie Underwood concert is rescheduled to Sept. 3, 2021. All tickets purchased for these shows will be honored in 2021.

“We took into account all aspects that go into producing a safe premier event and ultimately the health and welfare of the thousands of local, out-of-town and out-of-state fairgoers, exhibitors, vendors and entertainers was paramount in our decision,” Gruber said.

The 2021 Great Allentown Fair is scheduled to run August 31-September 6.

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