The 2020 Appalachian Fair has been canceled.

The Johnson City Press reports the fair was scheduled to take place from Aug. 24-29, but the fair's board said in a statement that they did not feel they could create the same safe and enjoyable fair experience the region has grown to expect.

Fair Manager Phil Booher said the impact of the fair’s cancellation on businesses, families, farms, adult and youth competitors, exhibitors and sponsors will be felt in the community for several years.

The 2021 Appalachian Fair is scheduled for Aug. 23-28, and the board’s statement said it plans to make next year’s fair “even better.”