The Ashley County Fair — along with the Arkansas State Fair and multiple other county fairs — has been canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The board of directors for the Arkansas Livestock Show Association, the organization that produces the annual Arkansas State Fair, announced last week that they were canceling the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following that announcement, the Ashley County Fair Board made an announcement on social media that said, “it is with heavy hearts that we announce that the 2020 Ashley County Fair has been canceled.” The post said that the fair board may consider hosting a carnival event in October or November depending on the Covid-19 situation.
Chicot County also made the announcement to cancel their event as well.
Certain events for the Drew County Fair were postponed until Sept. 14 to 19, but they canceled their parade and carnival.
They also announced that the pageants and talent show would be hosted virtually, but that they would host a livestock and poultry show in person.
As of Tuesday, the Union County Fair was still planned for September.
This year’s state event was scheduled for Oct. 16 to 25, but was canceled completely. The 2021 Arkansas State Fair is scheduled for Oct. 15 to 24.