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Anne Arundel County Fair, Halloween events canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The piglets race by at last year's Anne Arundel County Fair in Crownsville. The pig races are back for this year's fair, which runs Wednesday through Sept. 14.
The piglets race by at last year's Anne Arundel County Fair in Crownsville. The pig races are back for this year's fair, which runs Wednesday through Sept. 14. (File photo by Matthew Cole, Staff, Capital Gazette)

The Anne Arundel County fair has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival is undecided as the county is still not permitting larger events.

The fair’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel the 2020 county fair, an annual and popular event. A virtual exhibit will be created for fair participants that would like to show off their projects.

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“This was solely decided to protect our volunteers, our exhibitors, the citizens of our community, and those who work on the fairgrounds from possible exposure to this potentially deadly virus,” county fair President John Kozenski wrote in a letter.

The cancellation includes the Halloween Happening Haunted Barn and Hayride event in October. The full fair will return in 2021, Sept. 15 through 19.

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“We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that assist in making our fair successful each year,” Kozenski said. “We thank the visitors for their understanding and support knowing that we are all in this together and all get through this.”

Maryland has slowly been reopening but county and state protocols are still barring larger events, such as the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual event attracts thousands to the Crownsville area.

Festival general manager Jules Smith said the event is “undecided, just like most other businesses.”

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