The Erie County fair was cancelled last year for the first time in a very long time.  Now, they're asking your thoughts about opening back up this year.

It has not been easy for fairs and festivals since the pandemic hit last year.  One after another they all began to be cancelled in order to help stop or at least slow the spread of COVID-19.  It wasn't easy to do, but when it came time for the Erie County fair to start making plans, they chose to cancel.

This year is a bit of a different story.

People are getting vaccinated.  They're still wearing their masks and washing their hands, and numbers are going down again.  Amusement parks are beginning to open back up.  Movie theaters will be opening up soon at a limited capacity.

What does that mean for county fairs?

At this point, there isn't any guidance from the state on regulations for fairs and festivals.  According to WKBW the guidance handed down by the state health department last week allowing outdoor amusement parks to reopen April 9 at 33 percent capacity do not apply to county fairs

But the question is, "If they are allowed to open back up, would people feel comfortable enough to come back to the fair?"  That's what The Erie County Agricultural Society is asking people.  They've asked some volunteers to fill out a questionnaire that they are hoping will tell them how comfortable people will be with returning should the fair have the opportunity to open.

For now, the 181st Erie County Fair is scheduled to return to the Hamburg Fairgrounds from August 11-22.


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