Field Days 2020 canceled

“There is a sadness in our hearts and a disbelief in our minds as we considered the responsibility we hold for the health of our loyal Field Days family and all the families that attend our event.”

ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County Fair and Field Days, which would have taken place this year on Aug. 11–15, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

All currently scheduled events at the county fairgrounds in New Haven have also been canceled.

“We have listened to Gov. Scott and Dr. Levine, Commissioner of Health, thought long and hard, and discussed at length and have come to the conclusion that our fair is just not a safe event to hold this year,” said the Field Days Board of Directors in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon.

“Field Days has long been an event where Addison County can showcase to all a family-friendly, safe, fun place to be, one that is anticipated all year, and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend,” the board’s message continued. “There is a sadness in our hearts and a disbelief in our minds as we considered the responsibility we hold for the health of our loyal Field Days family and all the families that attend our event.”

Because the cancelation may pose financial challenges for future Field Days events, organizers are soliciting donations.

“Financially, Addison County Fair and Field Days is struggling to meet our commitments as are many in this time,” the board wrote. “We are a nonprofit organization and every fair we hold provides the income to hold another fair the next year. As our economy rebuilds, and our state reopens, we hope you think of Addison County Fair and Field Days with a donation towards next year’s fair.”

For more information about how to make a donation, email fielddays@gmavt.net.

“We look forward to next year with the hope that this pandemic is behind us and we can once again celebrate Addison County with the best fair and field days ever,” the board wrote. “We thank you for your support and stand with Vermont and the entire country in doing the right thing to keep everyone healthy during this time.”

Reach Christopher Ross at christopherr@addisonindependent.com.

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