Williamson County Fair cancels in-person events, activities due to coronavirus

(Courtesy Williamson County Fair)
(Courtesy Williamson County Fair)

(Courtesy Williamson County Fair)

In light of the ongoing spread of coronavirus statewide, officials with the Williamson County Fair Board announced May 13 that in-person events for the 2020 Williamson County Fair have been canceled.

The fair, typically held annually in August at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park, has been held since 2005, but originally dates back to the late 1940s, according to a release.


"Everyone should know that the board waited as long as they could to make this hard decision," officials said in a release. "But, given the current pandemic and the provisions of the Tennessee Pledge, the health and safety of the public was their first concern."

While the fairgrounds will not be open to the public, officials said the fair board is working to develop alternatives for 2020 fair events. Residents are asked to share ideas for what the fair could look like at entertainment@williamsoncountyfair.org for a chance to win tickets to the 2021 fair.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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