For what would have been the 85th running of the Loudoun County Fair, organizers have decided to cancel this year's events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arlee Harris, fair superintendent, told the Times-Mirror it was a really tough decision. The fair was scheduled for July 21 through July 26.
Harris said the board of directors did not want to keep people waiting for a decision.
"It became clear it might not be plausible, not knowing the crowd restrictions that would be in place. It was the unknown, and we needed to give people time to prepare," Harris said. "We are concerned about the health of our 4-H-ers, their families, our volunteers and the community, and we did not want to take the chance of people getting sick. This breaks my heart to cancel."
Fair organizers have decided to instead organize a virtual show and sale on the same week.
"Our mission is to support the 4-H kids. We are still working on the details. It is most important to still have something for the kids. They will make videos of their animals, and there will be virtual judging. It is the best we can do right now," Harris said.
More information can be found on the fair's website, loudouncountyfair.com.