A fall tradition for over half a century, the Statesboro fair has been canceled for 2020.
The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro’s fair committee recently voted unanimously to cancel the 59th Annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.
The Fair was scheduled to take place October 19-24, 2020.
Fair Chairman Danny Beall said, “The fair committee worked tirelessly this year to make this one of the best fairs to date.”
He went on to say that with the onset of COVID-19, the concern for the health and safety of the public and hard-working Kiwanians made this the only feasible decision at this time.
Beall added, “It is our hope that everyone stays safe and healthy. Together we will beat this. We look forward to seeing you next year!”
This difficult decision was driven by the impact of COVID-19 and the desire to do what was best for fair volunteers, fair vendors and fair-goers. Hosting a fair that would meet CDC and State regulations would not have produced an event that would live up to the high standards that Kiwanians set for the success, safety and fun for each year’s Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.
Current Kiwanis President Chris Caplinger said, “Given the level of community spread of the coronavirus and the recommendations of public health and governmental officials, we felt we could not responsibly operate the fair this year. I want to thank our Fair Committee, and especially Fair Chair Danny Beall, for the many hours of planning and analysis that went into this decision. We appreciate the community's support of the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair, and we look forward to coming back bigger and better than ever in 2021!”
Ashlee Corbin, fair committee member and incoming president said “Being from Statesboro and having attended many fairs, this decision was heartbreaking to be a part of. As incoming president, it is my hope that our loyal fair-goers will choose to support us through other avenues that we are looking into.”