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The Fryeburg Fair has become the latest attraction to be canceled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The agricultural fair’s board of trustees announced Monday that the fair, originally scheduled for Oct. 4 to 11, won’t return until 2021. It is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 3 to 10 next year.
The trustees said in a statement that the “decision did not come easy,” but was reached once organizers determined that implementing “social distancing” and other measures to halt the virus’ spread would be “near impossible.”
“Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our community as well as the thousands of visitors who come to our rural town and fairgrounds each year,” the trustees said in the statement.
The Fryeburg Fair was first held in 1851.