2021 Stanwood-Camano Community Fair Cancelled
With heavy hearts, the Board of Directors for the Stanwood-Camano Community Fair announce that there will not be a fair this summer. Board members had been planning and preparing, but finally decided that having a fair this summer of ‘21 is not feasible. The uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic brought the board to make this announcement.
Fair Board President Austin Bougie indicated, “at this time we just could not commit to putting on a quality fair under the conditions that this COVID pandemic has created”. After a lengthy discussion at three different meetings the board decided to cancel the 2021 fair and begin making plans for 2022. “It was a very difficult decision and one not taken lightly nor made quickly. But we had to ensure the health and safety of our fair-goers, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, attractions and staff,” Bougie said.
Fair manager Belinda Royal said that while fair organizers were hopeful they’d be able to have a fair in 2021, state guidance and public health considerations moved them to cancel. Of most importance in making this decision was the focus on health, safety and concern for families and the community as a whole. Royal said, “The SCCF Board takes seriously its responsibility to provide a safe venue and experience for all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, animals, and the entire community who attends our event. We hope our fair-goers understand that in order to do this, we cannot operate at a loss.”
Even though it has been announced that the state would open up 100% on June 30th, the SCCF Board did not know what county health restrictions or state regulations will be in place at a later date. At this time the Fair Guidelines put forth by the State of Washington have not been revised. Going by the current requirements the board of directors did not think a lot of the extra requirements are going to go away by August, Bougie said. State regulations include the need to monitor the number of people on the fairgrounds and limit the number in indoor exhibits to 50 percent, Bougie indicated, adding that parking and shuttle bus operations would be impacted. Expanded staffing would be necessary to do it all with any hope of success. Although the fair depends upon volunteers, more paid staff would be needed and people looking for work seem to be in short supply, according to the fair directors. Fair management also found much difficulty in securing outside services and suppliers.
“We expect people to be disappointed. The whole board of directors is disappointed. We expect that we will be able to put the fair on in a much better way next year,” said Bougie. We need to be able to produce a quality fair that the community has come to know. We just can’t do that this year, he added.
Rentals: The Board of Directors did vote to open the Stanwood-Camano Community Fair to off-season rentals. Fair organizers are accepting reservations with current state guidelines for safety and health compliance. For rental information, contact the fairgrounds office at 360-629-4121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.