The DeKalb County Fair Association board of directors announced Monday that the 89th DeKalb County Free Fall Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The annual street fair, which was scheduled for Sept. 28 to Oct. 3, is a DeKalb County tradition with its carnival rides, games, food, entertainment and associated events. Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Family Reunion,” the Free Fall Fair typically attracts thousands of people from DeKalb County and surrounding communities.
“The decision has been very difficult — and one we made with a heavy heart. The cancellation not only impacts fair-goers, but also the vendors, community groups and business partners who rely on income from the fair,” said fair board President Eric Rowe.
“It is extremely disappointing to us all, but the safety and health of the community is our main priority. We are looking forward to 2021 and plan for it to be better than ever. We appreciate the community support we have and hope everyone will return next year to celebrate with us.”
The 4-H livestock shows held during the fair are conducted by the DeKalb County 4-H program. The 4-H Extension Office is in the process of determining how those events will proceed for their members, fair officials said.