2020 Fair Cancelled
Stanwood-Camano Community Fair is cancelled for 2020
The 2020 Stanwood-Camano Community Fair (SCCF) will not be held this year. This is the first time in its 87 year history that the fair has been cancelled. With great sadness and much forethought, the Board of Trustees for the local fair has determined it is in the best interest for the safety and health of the public and organization to cancel the fair this year. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the SCCF Board made the call this week because it felt it could not meet safety and health guidelines amid the virus outbreak.
Fair Board President Gale Sobolesky said the officers and board of trustees via Zoom meetings have been meeting and considering how it might be possible to hold the fair while meeting all the health guidelines. “It just didn’t seem doable for our small community fair,” she said.
The SCCF was to be held on July 31st through August 2nd of this year. The event sees approximately 14,000 attendees. The SCCF Board realizes that the loss of income to the vendors and food concessionaires will deal a severe hardship to those that rely on the fair for yearly income. So many of the fair participants and local businesses depend on the fair for a part of their livelihood. Sobolesky indicated that “our decision to cancel this year's fair was made to keep our local community healthy.” “The SCCF Board of Trustees 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.”
Stanwood-Camano Community Fair has touted itself as the 'Best Lil Fair in the West'. As the largest community fair in Washington State, it has showcased the Stanwood-Camano Community's past, present, and future through over 3000 entries and exhibits. During the three-day event, each year over 1000 exhibitors present events of entertainment, history, livestock, produce, baked goods, flowers, arts & crafts and exhibits from the surrounding area. The fair is a non-profit organization operated by a team of volunteers.
The theme for this year's fair was "Hindsight is 20/20". Fair Manager Belinda Royal added, “the Fair Board did not want to hold a fair this year and then look back and realize they should not have.” Royal said, “Unknown to the fair organizers is what county health restrictions or state regulations may be put in place at a later date that would make putting on our event impossible.”
The SCCF Board of Trustees will now begin plans for the 2021 fair which is scheduled for August 6, 7, 8. See you at the fair in ‘21 !