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Solanco Fair, including the parade, has been canceled because of COVID-19.

Solanco Fair is the latest fair in Lancaster County to be canceled because of COVID-19.

The fair board met Tuesday and decided to cancel the 71st annual fair.

"While we had hopes that things would get better but (we are in green) with no mass gathering over 250 people,” says fair president Robert Lowery.

 The group wants to follow rules set by the state. Adding extra sanitation measures and managing social distancing wouldn’t be feasible, he says. Organizers also don’t want to risk the health of fair volunteers or the community. The group also did not receive the permit necessary for the popular parade that kicks off the fair.

Solanco’s Fair was scheduled to start Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a parade and continue through Sept. 18.

The parade and fair activities have been canceled. The fair’s livestock shows and auction will be held during the fair. The fair board will discuss details at a meeting Tuesday, Lowery said. The fair queen competition will still be held.

The reaction on social media to the cancellation was mixed.

“Thank you for making the best decision for everyone’s health,” writes Myrna Flahart. “I’m sure it was difficult with all of the pressure to abandon common sense.”

“Where is the data and statistics showing the deaths and cases in Southern Lancaster county? What information is this decision based off of? Absolutely ridiculous,” writes Cameron Stoltzfus. “If your scared of getting sick, stay home.”

The cancellation follows the pausing of Manheim Farm Show, Ephrata Fair, Elizabethtown Fair, New Holland Farmers Fair, Denver Fair and York Fair for 2020.

The 96th West Lampeter Fair is still scheduled for Sept. 23-25. After meeting last week, fair organizers said that the schedule of events “will be modified to ensure the safety of all exhibitors, participants and guests,” the group shared online.

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