Ephrata Fair is canceled due to COVID-19; Live Report from Lancaster County fairs

Ephrata Fair is canceled due to COVID-19; Live Report from Lancaster County fairs
Ephrata Fair is canceled

As several fairs in Lancaster County decided to cancel the festivities, organizers of Ephrata Fair held on to the hope of having a smaller event.

Wednesday, the group announced the 2020 fair, scheduled for Sept. 22-26, will be canceled. 

The county’s other three fairs are still on, organizers say.

Sadly, we discover that we can not host the Ephrata Truthful and adjust to Governor Wolf and the mandates he has set forth for the state of Pennsylvania and Lancaster County because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ephrata Farmers Day Affiliation says in a statement. “The protection and well being of our group is a serious concern.”

Ephrata Truthful cancellation joins Elizabethtown Fair, New Holland Farmers Fair, Denver Fair and York Fair, which won't be held this yr. Organizers say they’re unsure how you can plan forward for these massive occasions in a pandemic.

Some folks commenting on Fb have been unhappy to listen to the information, however understanding.

"Thanks for the replace I imagine it was very onerous so that you can make the choice however I imagine it's the greatest determination as of the circumstances we live in proper now and we may have future years that we will get pleasure from all of the Avenue Truthful's (sic) round our nation," wrote Phyllis Sweigart Keener.

Others have been upset.

"Is unnecessary in any respect... Seashores are open, casinos are open malls are open.. however we will not have outside enjoyable. So so unhappy," wrote Phyllis Fazio Miller.


The 71st Solanco Fair will be Sept. 16-18. Fair organizers will make a final decision after the August fair meeting, the group shared on Facebook.

The 96th West Lampeter Fair is still scheduled for Sept. 23-25.

The 67th Manheim Farm Show is still scheduled for Oct. 5-9.

Throughout the state, dozens of fairs have been canceled, including some scheduled for October, according to the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

Even though some of the big events have been canceled, some of the activities continue. Elizabethtown Fair and Solanco Fair each are having a fair queen program.

The groups are also continuing to have fundraiser events. Denver Fair has a chicken barbecue sale Saturday, July 18.