The LA County Fair announced on Tuesday that it would be canceling its plans for a full size 2021 fair with the possibility of rescheduling a smaller event in the fall of 2021. In a press release posted to the fair's web site, it stated:
Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its bearing on public events, we announce today that we are planning a smaller, safer celebration of this year's annual spree of family, tradition, culture and community.
After canceling the Fair last year and with the availability of a vaccine this year, we were hoping to be able to welcome guests back in 2021 to one of the largest county fairs in the country. But with coronavirus cases unsteady, and the unpredictability of mutating strains and vaccine roll-outs to larger audiences, it would be fiscally unfeasible to plan a grand celebration only to be told a Fair could not be held.
We are heartbroken that we cannot hold the LA County Fair as we all know and love it -- It would be a public health and financial risk for us to do so.
However, we do hope to have some celebration of the Fair this Fall. It may be a much smaller version, but it will be big in spirit.
We will announce our plans for a modified Fair at a later date.
Meanwhile, in Florida, the 2021 fair season is in full swing. Although the State Fair postponed until the end of April, the South Florida Fair recently wrapped up a mini-version of its traditional fair with plans for a full size fair in May. Other county fairs such as the Manatee County Fair successfully ran without any covid related outbreaks. This week, the Martin County Fair in Stuart, Hendry County Fair in Clewiston, Highlands County Fair in Sebring, and the Osceola County Fair will be opening.
“There's no reason why if Universal Studios and Disney World can operate safely that we can't in a smaller event,” said Jay Spicer, manager of the Stuart County Fair.