For the first time in its more than 70-year history, the Sumner County Fair will not take place this summer.
The week-long event was originally scheduled to be held this month in Gallatin but was cancelled by organizers earlier in April due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“When we made the decision… things were getting so bad that we felt like it would be more harmful to have the fair than to not have it,” Sumner County Fair Association President Jimmy Moore said. “It was a hard decision to make. We just thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want anybody getting sick.”
First held in 1946, the week-long event features carnival rides, beauty pageants and agriculture exhibits.
Organizers estimate between 12,000 and 15,000 people attended the fair each year.
“I felt bad for the children because we had so much participation the baby show (and) the beauty contests,” Moore said about the cancellation. “All of those kids loved to do that. It really hurt us because we had to do that.”
Other notable local events that have been called off this year due to the pandemic include the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival in Portland as well as Squarefest in Gallatin.
Organizers of the fair hope to have a date finalized in the coming months for the event’s return in 2021, according to Moore. The event is expected to take place in June or July.