County Fairs are celebrations of all things wholesome, country and summer. And now, like so many other things, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed this annual tradition in Racine County.

On Monday, the organization that runs the fair followed most other area fair organizations and decided to strike the annual event from the 2020 calendar for the community’s health and safety.

“The safety of the Racine County Fair’s visitors, participants, volunteers, and community is the highest priority in producing the annual fair,” organizers wrote in a statement.

The canceling of the fair is the top story in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. The newspaper will be available at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Friday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • AQUATIC CENTER LIMITS ENTRY: The board that oversees the operation of the Burlington Community Aquatic Center decided last week to restrict use of the facility to Burlington residents and season pass holders for the 2020 season. The decision was made in order to preserve access to local residents who are paying for the facility amid a season in which capacity will be reduced to accommodate social distancing.
  • COVID CASES DECLINE: Racine County officials reported fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases through a seven-day span. Since June 9, officials recorded 83 new cases, nearly half of what was reported a week earlier when 160 residents returned positive results.
  • COURTS REOPEN: The Racine County Circuit Court was scheduled to resume limited in-person proceedings this week according to the Second Judicial District, which serves Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties.
  • ROAD WORK AHEAD: The Burlington Common Council granted Wanasek Corporation a contract Tuesday to complete a number of road resurfacing projects established in the city’s 2020 street improvement program. Work includes patching on Milwaukee Avenue and South Pine Street.
  • SEASON CANCELED: The Haylofters Community Theater group has decided to cancel its 2020 season at the Malt House Theatre in Burlington because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the first time that has happened in the troupe’s 88-year history.
  • REC PROGRAM NIXED: The Burlington Community Education Department does not plan on offering its annual Summer Recreation program in 2020 because of uncertainties involving the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances.
  • BEER AND FOOD: Burgers, Banhs and Brews is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the former Burlington Standard Press building, 700 N. Pine St., which is now home to Low Daily Brewery. The event will include authentic Lao cuisine, beverages and music.