Cass County Fair canceled, will return in 2021

CASSOPOLIS — The Cass County Fair Board met Tuesday evening and voted to postpone the Cass County Fair until Aug. 1 to 7, 2021.

“This was a decision that we did not want to make, but given the current status of the Michigan Safe Start Plan, we felt there was little to no chance of having a traditional fair,” members of the Cass County Fair Association wrote in a letter to the public. “We wish to thank those who encouraged us to move forward with a fair via calls, text messages or mentioned us on social media. Ultimately, the decision was very hard to make but knowing that we did everything we could lessens the bitter reality.  This decision affects so many more people than just the exhibitors and guests of the fair.  We tried to take into account all of our partners, including our sponsors, vendors, the carnival, nonprofit groups who provide a service to the fair for their fundraising, our emergency management team, and both grounds and grandstand entertainment.”

While unable to have a fair this year, the board did approve having drive-in livestock shows during the 2020 fair dates. The board is currently working on the schedule and what classes the fair will offer.  The board will not be offering premiums or a livestock auction at this show, though members are in the process of planning for market livestock exhibitors.

Due to the current restrictions, only exhibitors and their parents/guardians should plan on attending this show. The board is exploring options for livestreaming shows so other friends and family can watch. The board plans to have a finalized program set by Friday, July 10.

“Please continue to be patient with us as we work towards our goal,” board members wrote in a press release. “We hope to make the very best out of a difficult situation and we look forward to better days ahead. Just think fair 2021 is only 57 weeks away.”

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