Louisiana

2020 Ark-La-Miss Fair in Monroe canceled due to COVID-19

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – The area’s biggest annual fair won’t happen this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.

The West Monroe Civitan Club said on Tuesday that the 2020 Ark-La-Miss Fair has been canceled. The 48th annual event was scheduled to take place Oct. 2-11 at the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center. It is expected to resume in 2021.

“We are very concerned about the safety of our Civitan members, our fair patrons, the vendors and our ride company, Belle City Amusements,” fair board chairman Mike Shields said. “It was a very tough call for us to make. However, these health trends in our region and state just aren’t in our favor to have a successful event for everyone.”

Shields said several parts of the annual agricultural fair had already been trimmed from this year’s now-canceled event, including the petting zoo, where patrons were able to interact with several animals.

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