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The Pinal County Fair is normally held in March.

ELEVEN MILE CORNER — A Pinal County spring break tradition is again feeling the impact of COVID-19.

Central Arizona Fair Association announced Tuesday that the 2021 Pinal County Fair will be rescheduled.

The fair normally takes place the week schools celebrate spring break. This year’s fair was set for March 17-21.

“We have made the difficult decision to reschedule the fair,” CAFA said in a press release. “Although CAFA felt we could implement all the necessary precautions to present a safe event to our community, the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our state causes us to reexamine our plans.”

CAFA is a nonprofit organization developed for the purpose of managing the Pinal County Fair.

“A county fair comprises many different elements: carnivals, food vendors, commercial booths, still exhibits, live entertainment, animal shows and concerts to name a few. In our efforts to follow current guidelines to mitigate public health hazards, the true picture of what defines a county fair became lost. To move forward with plans for a March fair at this time would not allow us to produce a successful event for our community or affiliates,” the statement said.

A new date has not yet been determined but CAFA anticipates hosting a fall festival.

“CAFA is optimistic that our community will be in a safer position for public events at that time,” the press release said. “Thank you for your support on this challenging decision.”

Featuring five fun-filled days of midway rides, exhibits, livestock competitions, entertainment, games and an array of of foods and vendors, the Pinal County Fair attracts about 25,000 people each year.

For area 4-H and FFA members, the fair is a place to sell their livestock, raise money and compete in a variety of competitive and still exhibit events.

The 2020 event was canceled last year shortly before the start date due to the pandemic and the 2021 event is the latest event held at the fairgrounds to be impacted by COVID-19. The annual Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival, usually held in January, and Running of the Gourds festival, held each year in February, have been canceled.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.