COVID-19 cancels Barbour County Fair for second year

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PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The 45th edition of the Barbour County Fair has been canceled due to the local increase in COVID-19 cases, fair officials announced Wednesday.

Fair Board President Debbie Schoonover issued a statement on the fair’s Facebook page:

The 2021 Barbour County Fair has been canceled due to the ongoing rapid increase in cases with a record high incidence rate of active COVID-19 cases in Barbour County at this time.
This decision was made with the best interest of the health and wellbeing of all concerned and not made lightly by our local health and governing agencies.
Please check our website periodically for information regarding updates on refunds and other important messages.

Officials also released information on how people can get refunds on advance tickets and reserved seating.

All advance tickets will be refunded along with reserve seating.
The Barbour County Fair Office will be open and refunds will begin on Monday August 30th at 12:00 noon. The office will be open all week.
YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR TICKETS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A REFUND.
You may also mail your tickets to
PO BOX 87
PHILIPPI WV 26416
and a check will be issued to you.

The fair was scheduled to be held Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.

Thursday afternoon, the Barbour County commission issued a statement of support for the decision:

Barbour County Commission fully supports the Barbour County Health Department’s decisions regarding public health, safety and the wellbeing of Barbour County citizens and visitors.

Through collaborative efforts of the Barbour County Health Department, Barbour County Fair Association, and Barbour County Commission, pieces of the fair have the potential to move forward. The Barbour County Commission fully supports the Barbour County Health Department’s approval of such events on a case-by-case basis.

Communication with the Barbour County Health Department will be ongoing in regards to future events scheduled at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and will be evaluated based on public health risk at that time. Public health is the number one priority in decision making.

The 2020 fair, which was originally set to be the 45th edition, was also canceled due to COVID-19.

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