Health officials issue order to cancel Genesee County Fair

The entrance to the E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Genesee Township, home of the Genesee County Fair. Photo by Gary Gould

The entrance to the E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Genesee Township, home of the Genesee County Fair. Photo by Gary Gould

GENESEE TWP. — After weeks of uncertainty, the Genesee County Fair has now officially been cancelled for 2020.

On July 1, the Genesee County Health Department issued an emergency order requiring that Genesee County Fair organizers shut down this year’s event because of COVID-19 concerns. The health department order states that large-scale events like the Genesee County Fair are incompatible with Phase 4 of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Safe Start Plan, which bans outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

Initially, Genesee County Fair organizers said that they intended to move forward with the fair unless they received a direct order to cancel from the Genesee County Health Department. Following the direct cancellation order, fair organizers said that they will now be exploring other options and will be posting updates soon to the fair’s Facebook page and website.

Genesee County Fair organizers have not yet stated if all fair activities will be cancelled in 2020.

Earlier this year, the Michigan State University Extension decided to cancel or limit its programming through the end of the summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Genesee County 4-H also pulled out of the Genesee County Fair in the spring and will not be involved in this year’s fair, according to Genesee County Fair Executive Director Chris Miller. However, this does not impact the production or operation of the fair, which is operated by the Genesee County Agricultural Society and is still open to exhibitors from 4-H clubs, along with Open Youth and adult exhibitors. — B.G.