2021 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival canceled

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INDIO (CNS) – The 2021 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival has been canceled, county officials said Friday.
The fair, originally set for Feb. 12-21 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, was canceled due to logistical concerns related to the fairgrounds being used as a coronavirus testing center, and the site of a federal medical station.
The fair is expected to return in 2022, which will be its 75th anniversary.
“It was a difficult decision to cancel, but with the uncertainty of how long the fairgrounds will be used as a testing center and backup hospital, it was one that had to be made. We look forward to seeing everyone for our 75th anniversary,” said Riverside County Fair Advisory Board Chair Lupe Ramos-Amith.
Officials said the fairgrounds are scheduled to continue being used in the county’s efforts to stop COVID-19 until the end of the year, which presented planning issues for staff.