ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The 2021 Freeborn County Fair has been canceled.
According to a post on the fair's Facebook page, the decision was made out of concern for public safety, along with the large expense of the entertainment with no guarantee of restrictions on indoor and outdoor events being lifted ahead of the fair.
Organizers said the entertainment contracts and stage, sound and lights alone cost $300,000. Typically, income received from events held throughout the year at the fairgrounds is used to help with fair expenses, but the fairgrounds have been closed since May of 2020.
“This is a very difficult decision that the Board and I had to make, not
taking it lightly," Manager Mike Woitas said. "We understand that people want to get out and enjoy the Fair, but planning for a successful fair at this time when there isn’t any guarantee the restrictions will be lifted, would jeopardize the fair for years to come.”
Organizers added that the Freeborn County Fair Board is working with 4-H "for some type of show for Livestock and Non-Livestock kids."