The 2020 Jefferson County Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The fair, which was scheduled for July 8-12, will not happen this year, a social media post from the fair board said on Monday June 1.

That’s an about-face from two weeks ago, when Jefferson County announced its fair would go on as nearby fairs including Dane County and the Stoughton Fair fell due to COVID-19.

A schedule posted as recently as May 26 on the Jefferson County Fair’s website listed events that it said would include tractor and truck pulls, a demolition derby, live music and animal and exhibit judging.

The Dane County Fair had been scheduled for July 16-19. The Stoughton Fair had been set for July 1-5.

The Wisconsin State Fair, that had been set for Aug. 6-26, has also been canceled.

“The safety of the Jefferson County Fair’s attendees, participants and community is the highest priority in producing the annual fair,” the June 1 post said.

There will be a virtual fair held on the Jefferson County Fair website for junior, senior and open class exhibitors, officials said. Online entries will be accepted until June 30, and judged virtually July 8-12.

There is more information at on entries and refunds.

“We look forward to brighter, better days ahead when we can gather again and continue to celebrate all that is exceptional about Jefferson County,” the post said.

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