The Douglas County Fair, a treasured tradition since the late 1800s, will not take place this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fair's board of directors said it was a difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Douglas County Fair.

"We did not make this decision lightly," said a statement on the board's Facebook page. "The health and safety of all fair-goers is our top priority. The State of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control continue to recommend restrictions on mass gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We also took into consideration the challenges of enforcing social distancing requirements, the extensive sanitation requirements, undue burdens placed upon our vendors and exhibitors, and the financial stability of the Douglas County Fair Association," the board added.

The fair board will continue to support 4-H programming at the fairgrounds. Watch for further announcements.

"Thank you for understanding our decision," the board said. "While we know that not everyone in our community will agree with this cancellation, we recognize and respect your opinions. Most importantly, we look forward to coming back in 2021 with twice the fun!"

If you have a specific question or concern, email the fair board at info@dcmnfair.com.