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Columbiana Street Fair a COVID casualty

(Salem News file photo by Patti Schaeffer)

COLUMBIANA – The dominos continue to fall.

Like nearly all fairs and festivals in the area, the annual Columbiana Street Fair has been canceled. It would have been the 134th year the fair was held.

Monday, trustees of American Legion Post 290, who put on the annual street fair, voted to cancel the event due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.  

“The decision was not made easy,” Jacob Sevek, manager of the street fair, and Legion commander Ken Allcorn wrote in a press release. “Much thought and discussion went into this.  The trustees and fair committee are not just looking out for all the wonderful people who enjoy the Columbiana Street Fair each year, but for all the volunteers that help put on this great event each year.

“The health and welfare of everyone is our top priority and we did not feel that we could provide the safe environment that the public, volunteers, concessionaires, vendors, and ride company have come to know,” Sevek continued. “Each and every year we strive to provide the best experience possible for everyone and know that we will be able to do that next year.”

The decision was unanimous by both the street fair committee and the trustees. The Legion said it is already planning for the 2021 Columbiana Street Fair that will take place next September.

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