The DeKalb County Fair Association Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 89th Free Fall Fair due to COVID-19 concerns. The annual street fair, which was scheduled for Sept. 28 – Oct. 3, is a DeKalb County tradition with its carnival rides, games, food, entertainment, and associated events. Called “The World’s Largest Family Reunion,” the Free Fall Fair typically brings thousands of attendees from DeKalb County and surrounding communities.
“The decision has been very difficult—and one we made with a heavy heart. The cancellation not only impacts fair-goers, but also the vendors, community groups and business partners who rely on income from the fair,” says Board President Eric Rowe. “It is extremely disappointing to us all, but the safety and health of the community is our main priority. We are looking forward to 2021 and plan for it to be better than ever. We appreciate the community support we have and hope everyone will return next year to celebrate with us!”
The DeKalb County Fair Association is working on an event for Sept. 18-20, 2020, where fair food vendors can showcase their wares, and the community has an opportunity to enjoy their favorite foods. Details will be announced soon.
The 4-H livestock shows held during the fair are conducted by the DeKalb County 4-H program. The 4-H Extension Office is in the process of determining how those events will proceed for their members.