HEMLOCK – The Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair has been canceled for this summer because of concerns over the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
The fair had been scheduled for July 21 to 25.
Past President and Fair spokesman Mark Shero said the decision to cancel the event was made at a fair meeting on May 21.
“With the state regulations and not knowing what phase we would be in by when the fair started, that played a big part in not being able to promote the fair or get things ready,” said Shero.
The five-day event brings in people from many counties. It has been a staple in the area for decades, popular with 4-H programs, including its meat auction, and also host to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol Competition and sanctioned harness races. Truck and tractor pulls and two nights of demolition derbies also draw crowds to the venu.
Shero said the fair was only canceled one other time and that was back in World War II.
“I think the reason they canceled it then was because everyone was enlisted and there was not enough help. It was the only other time the fair was cancelled,” he said.
Without knowing what may or may not happen in the next few months, he added, that it was impossible to reschedule the event for the fall.
“It is almost impossible with rides coming in or entertainment to try and put a schedule together. There was too many obstacles to change the event date. We also don’t know where we will be in October,” said Shero.
The decision to cancel was made not only to protect the people who attend the fair, but also the hundreds of volunteers who help out each year.
“Because of the virus and the amount of people that would come to our fair, we did not feel that it would be safe – not only for the people who attend the fair, but also for the people who volunteer at the fair,” said Shero.