Maryland State Fair Officially Canceled

The cancelations for 2020 continue and this time COVID-19 claims a major event, the Maryland State Fair. The Fair was scheduled to take place at the Timonium Fairgrounds from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Representatives from the Fair announced that the 2020 version was canceled on Wednesday.

“Today, it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. announce the decision to cancel the 139th Maryland State Fair,” said Maryland State Fair Board Chairman Gerry L. Brewster said in a statement.

“Fortunately, we have received approval to allow youth and open class exhibitors from Maryland to show their animals in livestock shows following all proper protocols. Although this will not be open to the public, this will allow Maryland’s youth to showcase their hard work and will also allow the Maryland State Fair to fulfill its mission to educate and to showcase Maryland Agriculture.”

This is the second time in its 142-year history that The Maryland State Fair was cancelled. The other time was during World War II when the state fair property was used by the U.S. Army.