The Whiteside County Fairboard made a difficult decision and has canceled the 2020 Whiteside County Fair due to Illinois requirements pertaining to COVID-19.
Illinois’s 5-Phase Restore Illinois Plan specifically addresses fairs and festivals. In order to be able to have a fair, our region must be in Phase 5; currently we are in Phase 4. The Requirements for entering Phase 5 include “a vaccine, effectively and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.” Unfortunately, Illinois is simply not there yet.
The Board held out as long as we could to make this decision. We had genuine hopes of an improvement in the situation that would allow us to hold the 2020 fair in August. Simply put, our ability to have the Fair this year is not possible. We exhausted every avenue we could to try to make it happen this year, but the circumstances do not allow for it.
We know many of you will be relieved to hear this, and we know many of you will be upset, and some maybe both. We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year, but the health and safety of the fair goers, exhibitors, vendors, entertainers and volunteers have been our highest priority during this evaluation process. We will be back August 17th-21st, 2021 and more than ready to celebrate the 150th fair with all of you.