Fall fair is canceled

Fall fair is canceledThe Desert Empire Fairgrounds Board of Directors released a statement Tuesday that “it is with great sadness” they are canceling the Oct. 23-25 fair.

“As the last fair of the season in California, we delayed for as long as possible,” continues the statement. But based on consultation between CEO Chip Holloway, state leaders, the carnival providers and vendors, “it is simply not feasible to try and move forward with so many uncertainties due to the current COVID restrictions.”

The Desert Destruction Derby, which is held in association with the fair, has been canceled for the same reason.

However, organizers of the Junior Livestock Show and Auction are working with state officials, as well as with the Kern County Public Health Department, to seek approval for a modified version of the show that will protect children and staff.

“Please follow us on Facebook for updates, but the hope is to still have the show on the weekend of Oct. 23-25,” continues the statement.

“We apologize, and while this is in some ways devastating, I promise we will be back in 2021 with a bigger and better fair,” said Holloway.

“We, like so many fairs in California, have been severely impacted by the forced cancellation of all our events, however I am happy to report thanks to the actions of the last five years we are thankful to be in a better position than so many of our fellow fairs. Stay safe everyone and we look forward to the future!”

Pictured: Residents gather at one of the attractions of a previous Desert Empire Fair. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-08-21