ALTAMONT – For only the second time in the Altamont Fair’s over 125-year history, the Board of Directors of Albany, Schenectady, Greene County Agricultural & Historical Societies has voted to cancel the fair entirely.
The decision comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and, as the board believes, is in the best interest of the safety of guests, volunteers and staff.
“Although we held off making this difficult decision as long as we could, we knew that despite our best efforts to create a safe path to host the Altamont Fair, it is clear we must cancel for this year to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.“said Kathleen Stanton, Board President.
Board members say they are “heartbroken for the small businesses, family farms, 4-H clubs, competitors and exhibitors, entertainers, vendors and carnival who rely on the Altamont Fair,” as they begin to plan ahead for the 2021 fair, set to take place from Aug. 17-22, 2021.
The last time the fair was cancelled was in 1943 during World War II. Before that, in 1918, children under 16 were prevented from attending due to the polio epidemic.