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Concerts canceled, Shenandoah County Fair still on

25 June 2020 Covid19 Shenandoah County News

The Shenandoah County Fair, scheduled for the end of August, won’t feature concerts this year.

The Shenandoah County Fair Association (SCFA) Board made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled concerts of the Little River Band, Jo Dee Messina and Mercy Me at this year’s fair. The decision was made due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and challenges in planning.

“The current virus pandemic and its effect all across the country has taken a huge toll on the fair industry”, said SCFA General Manager Tom Eshelman in a news release.  “While the 2020 Shenandoah County Fair is still trying to moving forward, the Phase Three capped attendance and social distancing guidelines for outdoor concerts are just not achievable and unfortunately we do not have the luxury of waiting to discover when things may open up.”

All concert tickets purchased to date will be electronically refunded; no action needs to be taken by ticket holders for these shows.

The fair will take place from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 and will feature motorsports events like the demolition derby. Plans are underway to revamp this year’s fair schedule. 

The SCFA Board plans on instituting safe practices throughout the fairgrounds with an increased investment in sanitizing efforts and the placement of guidelines regarding food service, exhibits and rides. Regarding the 2021 fair, the SCFA hopes to have this year’s scheduled entertainers back for next year.

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