GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Due to the recent COVID-19 Outbreak in Greenbrier County, the State Fair of West Virginia has announced in a statement released earlier today they are canceling this year’s festival.
“During this time that we have now, we have to think about social distancing. We don’t want it to spike up again,” said Oak Hill resident Cheryl Jackson.
The fair was initially supposed to take place from August 13th to the 22nd. Organizers believe canceling the event was in the best interest of everyone’s safety.
“We are under 60 days away from the fair, and I know a lot of people were like that’s two months away, but if you look at the contracts that we have a lot of those have time frames that you need to say, hey we can’t have the fair otherwise we’re liable for several million dollars,” said State Fair of West Virginia representative Kelly Collins.
For the first time since World War II, The State Fair of West Virginia has been canceled. Organizers say the decision was made with heavy hearts.
“This COVID-19 is dangerous; I think they should go on with the fair. We can’t live the rest of our lives like this,” said Oak Hill resident Sharon Johnson.
If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, you can contact the State Fair of West Virginia at 304-645-1100.