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An announcement Monday night said what most people have been expecting, the annual Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair held annually in Grantsburg has been cancelled.

“After much discussion and with a heavy heart, the Burnett County Agricultural Society Fair Board has come to the very difficult decision to greatly modify the 2020 fair in Grantsburg,” the statement by the Burnett County Ag Society.

“Many factors were considered in making this decision. With COVID-19 having a huge negative effect on the carnival industry, we would not be able to have a carnival with their games and food stands this year. Other factors were the gathering limitations placed on 4-H clubs and other youth organizations, and the uncertainty of exhibitors, judges and volunteers willing to participate in the fair.

“Managing all of the recommended COVID-19 guidelines for a complete fair would be very difficult but would be more manageable for a single, outdoor event with fewer areas in operation. We also understand the economic strain that our entire community and especially our area businesses have been under in the recent months."

The demolition derby is still on the schedule for Aug. 29, check for updates.