Allentown Fair Canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, big-name concerts rescheduled

Written by on July 8, 2020

Allentown Fair Canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, big-name concerts rescheduled

By Brad Klein

July 8, 2020

Photo | Great Allentown Fair Facebook page.

This year’s ‘Great Allentown Fair’ has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The weeklong Fair had been scheduled to open September first. But this morning Beverly Gruber, president of the nonprofit Lehigh County Agricultural Society announced that it has been called off. The Society owns and operates the Fair and Fairgrounds.

One of Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest events, the Fair started in 1852. 

It had planned to include a crowded midway of rides and games, festival food, and thousands of farm, garden and home exhibits.

Also, a 10,500-seat Grandstand featuring concerts. Both concerts for Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith have been rescheduled for next year’s Fair.

They also made an announcement on their Facebook page.

“After much thought and consideration, the health and well-being of fairgoers, employees and the Fair’s many dedicated and loyal partners was paramount in the recent decision of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society concerning the 2020 edition of The Great Allentown Fair. Citing the state mandated guidelines and the many complexities of the COVID-19 virus, the executive committee has canceled this year’s Fair.”

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The last time the Fair was canceled was in 1918 when Allentown Fairground was converted into a training camp for the Army Ambulance Service in World War I.  

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