Two more area celebrations are canceled for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced on Monday that both Black Diamond Days and the Macoupin County Fair were canceled joining a number of cancellations including Italian American Days, which was canceled in early April.
The Black Diamond Days committee and Macoupin County Fair and Agricultural Association Board of Directors voted Monday to cancel the respective events. Black Diamond Days is held the first weekend in June every year while the Macoupin County Fair was scheduled for June 9-13.
In Black Diamond Days’ announcement, the committee left open the possibility of the event being rescheduled to a later date in 2020 although they were optimistic to hold the 2nd annual Lake Bash on Labor Day weekend at Gillespie Lake.
“The committee is still discussing their options,” the Black Diamond Days committee announced on Monday. “For over 40 years organizers have worked very hard every summer to put on the coal festival in our hometown. The health of all of our committee personnel, volunteers and the people who attend was our primary motivation.”
The Agricultural Association Board of Directors said it was in the best interest of the county, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and fairgoers to cancel the 2020 Macoupin County Fair.
“We had an amazing 2020 fair planned and we look forward to being back bigger and better in 2021,” the board of directors statement read. Among the fair’s scheduled performers was country singer Riley Green. All ticketholders for the concert will be refunded directly from the website Eventbrite.