I know there have been a bunch of online posts that the 2020 Howard County Fair is off but I checked in with them and this was the word I got today:

“The email sent out only addressed Howard County Fair commercial vendors in the Main Exhibition Hall. Watch web site for other information regarding the Howard County Fair.”

Here is the text of the emails sent out (a vendor for the 2020 fair sent me the following emails):

This was sent around 9:00am:

Dear Howard County Fair Commercial Vendors:

I hope this email finds you all safe and well, and your businesses are still in good standing.  We are certainly living in unprecedented times.  As the COVID-19 pandemic materialized, the members of the Howard County Fair Board quickly realized that it was not going to go away quickly.  Questions started to surface as to how this could potentially affect our Fair or even cancel it. We began an aggressive approach to planning for various scenarios that we could deploy depending upon the circumstances that were presented.  We have been meeting every other week for the past three months.  A host of committees were assembled to tackle the different aspects of our Fair. 

Many of the fairs in the region have made the decision to not hold a fair this year.  After a lot of discussion, the Howard County Fair Board has made the decision to follow in the footsteps of many of the fairs and cancel our Fair for 2020.  As a result of this cancellation, the commercial vendor booths will not be open.

Many of you have paid for your booth space for 2020.  We are providing two choices for those who have paid. You can have your payment deferred to the 2021 Fair, or you can have it refunded. Please let us know what your preference is by email us at (info@howardcountyfairmd.com).

We are sorry we had to take this position, but we hope you all understand and will be back for the 2021 Fair.

Sincerely,

Vaughn Turner

General Manager

410-442-1022

This update was sent out around 10:00am:

Dear Howard County Fair Commercial Vendors:

I hope this email finds you all safe and well, and your businesses are still in good standing.  We are certainly living in unprecedented times.  As the COVID-19 pandemic materialized, the members of the Howard County Fair Board quickly realized that it was not going to go away quickly.  Questions started to surface as to how this could potentially affect our Fair or even cancel it. We began an aggressive approach to planning for various scenarios that we could deploy depending upon the circumstances that were presented.  We have been meeting every other week for the past three months.  A host of committees were assembled to tackle the different aspects of our Fair. 

Many of the fairs in the region have made the decision to not hold a fair this year.  After a lot of discussion, the Howard County Fair Board has made the decision to follow in the footsteps of many of the fairs and cancel our Commercial Fair vendor spaces for 2020.  As a result of this cancellation, the commercial vendor booths will not be open.

Many of you have paid for your booth space for 2020.  We are providing two choices for those who have paid. You can have your payment deferred to the 2021 Fair, or you can have it refunded. Please let us know what your preference is by email us at (info@howardcountyfairmd.com).

We are sorry we had to take this position, but we hope you all understand and will be back for the 2021 Fair.

Sincerely,

Vaughn Turner

General Manager

410-442-1022

As you can read from the emails above the wording changed from “cancel our Fair for 2020” to “cancel our Commercial Fair vendor spaces for 2020″…so a little unclear what the plan is for the 2020 fair as of this moment.

It is also totally reasonable that folks thought the fair was canceled…since that is what the email stated around 9:00am this morning.

So stay tuned…I will continue to watch their website and social media channels for an official announcement on the fair. As of right now no updates have been made to the website today about a change in the status. https://howardcountyfairmd.com/

Scott E