(SHELBY, NC) July 1, 2020 - By a unanimous vote of the full Board of Directors of the Cleveland County Fair, with approval from fair manager, Bobby Jenks, the 2020 Cleveland County Fair will be cancelled due to concerns with the coronavirus. The decision was reached at a called meeting of the fair board on June 30. The board considered information from other fairs in the region along with measures the board believed necessary to produce a safe fair.

The board issued a statement that expressed that the aim of the Cleveland County Fair is to provide fun, entertainment and education for the whole family in a safe and open environment. The restrictions that would be necessary to ensure safety for the fair patrons, vendors and fair personnel would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to provide a fair that would be enjoyable for everyone. While we truly regret having to cancel the fair for this year, we have already begun preparations for the 2021 Cleveland County Fair and expect it to be the best fair in its 97 year history.