Williamsburg Farm Show Cancelled for 2020
Last updated 7/16/2020 at 12:42pm
In its more than 100-year history, the Williamsburg Community Farm Show has never been canceled – that is, until this year.
The Board of Directors announced via a Facebook post on Friday, July 10, that Blair County’s largest fair was canceled.
In the post, it states, “it is in the best interest of our community, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors and future of our organization, to cancel the 2020 Williamsburg Community Farm Show. This decision was not made lightly, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on large gatherings, and concern for the health and well-being of everyone involved, we felt this was the right decision.”
Newly elected Farm Show Board President Jeff Walason echoes that statement, saying, “it was basically the uncertainty of the pandemic along with financial restraints. We were unable to hold fundraisers in the beginning half of the year which tremendously impacted our funds to head-up the Farm Show.”
Board Director Kara Frye agrees with Walason and the board’s decision.
“We were hopeful with our fair falling later in the summer that the situation would improve but it has gotten worse. It was a very difficult decision but one I feel had to be made,” Frye said.
The board is hopeful that some bills introduced in the state legislature will help with loss of funding and loss of funds from the farm show.
State Rep. Jim Gregory said of the cancellation, “I’m as disappointed as everyone else. The events we love and look forward to continue to be victims of something out of our control. So many people rely on this event for so many reasons. It’s an educational, entertainment, bonding and social event all in one. But, I have to believe that the next farm show will be so much more appreciated as we will never forget what it means to miss one like this year. I will continue to support funding for farm shows with my voice and my vote in Harrisburg.”
There were some questions as to whether the annual parade would still be held, and Walason said that a “majority of the roads that we use for that route are state roads, and PennDOT is currently not granting any parade permits.”
Walason, along with other board members, are hopeful for a “better 2020 Williamsburg Community Farm Show;” adding that “if there is anyone interested in becoming a farm show director or helping out, please contact us.”