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Crawford County’s commissioners say they’re prepared to vote to cancel the 2020 Crawford County Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the Crawford County Fair Board is anticipating special meeting next week, according to George Deshner, president of the Fair Board.

While no action has been taken by commissioners to cancel the county fair, at their work session this morning all three commissioners said they willing to vote on the matter. 

All three county commissioners said it would not be an easy decision to make but a necessary one from a health and safety standpoint for the public, as well as a financial one for both the Crawford County Fair Board and the county.

Last week, the Crawford County Fair Board voted unanimously to make a decision on whether to hold the Crawford County Fair by June 1.

Commissioners said they’ve been in discussions with the Fair Board about cancellation. Discussions also have been held by commissioners with epidemiologists, insurance carriers and risk managers about health and safety issues regarding COVID-19 and the fair.

Commissioners said they were prepared to vote to cancel the fair at the commissioners' voting meeting next Wednesday.

Late this morning, Deshner told the Tribune he's been in contact with a number of the upcoming fair's contracted entertainment acts.

"All have expressed a willingness to work with us," Deshner said of a possible mutual release from signed contracts or moving those contracts to the 2021 fair.

Final details still are to be worked out, Deshner stressed.

The fair’s Toyota Concert Series has singer-ventriloquist Darci Lynne in concert Aug. 23; country stars Brad Paisley and Jordan Davis, Aug. 24; and Christian musicians Zach Williams, Tauren Wells and We Are Messengers, Aug. 27. Ticket sales for these shows have been temporarily postponed by the fair board.

A special board meeting of the Fair Board is anticipated to be called Tuesday, Deshner said this morning.

The Crawford County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 22-29 and is the fair’s 75th anniversary.

See Thursday's print edition of The Meadville Tribune or check later with for more details. 

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