The 2020 Northwest Florida
Canceled this year.
Since 1974 the Northwest Florida Fair Association has held its annual Fair to promote agriculture by showcasing a variety of livestock species, art displays and a carnival for all to enjoy.
After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my Board of Directors, I have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Fair. Any fair, ours included, is a people-gathering event, the more people the better. That thought runs contrary to the challenges of containing this pandemic. Consequently, although it was a difficult decision, it was really the only decision possible based on what we currently know. It was a decision made in what I feel are the best interests of the health and safety of our guests, our employees, and our exhibitors.
I realize this action will have severe impacts, both emotionally and financially, on all our partners. I know that not having a fair this year creates a hardship for many, but people are the most important component of what makes up our fair. Health and safety are our greatest concerns. The potential limitations brought on by the necessity of social distancing would create a situation that could not reflect the future memories that we would want the 2020 Fair to produce.
There are so many things that will be missed by not hosting our Fair this year: the livestock, the carnival, the fair food, and to many other things to mention. However, we will take this time to ensure that we can produce a great fair in 2021.
Looking forward to seeing you next year,
Brian C Sparling
Northwest Florida Fair Association, Inc.