YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Another Yorktown staple is sitting 2020 out.
The 96-year-old Yorktown Grange Fair will not be held be this September. It is the first time in more than three decades that the annual agricultural celebration has been canceled, according to event organizers.
The fair’s Board of Directors made the tough call last week, saying an in-person fair “could be detrimental to public health.”
Like many other events, the Yorktown Grange Fair is going virtual so that it can continue to celebrate local artisans, farmers and livestock raisers.
“While the Grange board realizes that a virtual fair isn’t quite the same as holding an in-person fair, they hope that the community will embrace the possibilities and participate in any way they can,” a spokesperson for the board said.
The virtual Grange Fair, to be held Sept. 11-13, is currently fielding submissions. Participants can send in videos and photos of their art, livestock, Legos, veggies and cakes. Judges will review the entries and select winners in all age groups. A complete list of competition categories is available on the fair’s website (yorktowngrangefair.org).
Other options, such as a drive-thru fair, are being considered.
“The details are still being worked out, but a display of livestock and exhibits pulled together from Virtual Fair participants is a possibility,” the spokesperson said. “Keep in mind, that while the fair is canceled, community spirit is still very much up and running. The Grange Fair is going to continue to find ways to bolster that spirit in any way possible.”