The McLean County Fair Board announced Thursday that this year’s fair is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fair was scheduled for Aug. 5-9 at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington.
The decision to cancel followed Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcement earlier this month that the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair were canceled.
According to fair officials, they are working with the McLean County Health Department to hold a limited junior livestock show for youth exhibitors and their families.
The fair will still be hosting its Hog Wild 5K run at the fairgrounds on Aug. 2.
Bobbie Lewis-Sibley, the University of Illinois Extension director for McLean, Livingston and Woodford counties, stated that McLean County 4-H animal shows and projects will be held virtually.
Participants must submit their project entries to FairEntry, a web-based platform 4-H has used over the past four years, before Aug. 5. The judges will review the submitted entries between Aug. 7 and Aug. 12.