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Planning, preparations to proceed for 133rd Sandwich Fair in September

The Sandwich High School Marching Band helped to start off the 131st annual Sandwich Fair on Sept. 5, 2018, playing as they made their way through the fairgrounds behind members of the Sandwich and Plano American Legion posts.
The Sandwich High School Marching Band helped to start off the 131st annual Sandwich Fair on Sept. 5, 2018, playing as they made their way through the fairgrounds behind members of the Sandwich and Plano American Legion posts.

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Planning will continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic for the 133rd Sandwich Fair set for Sept. 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Sandwich, according to a statement posted April 26 by Larry Dannewitz, president of the Sandwich Fair Association, on the association’s Facebook page.

The statement reads:

“In compliance to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order and local health guidelines, the fairgrounds will be closed to all activities until at least May 30, 2020.

“As new information becomes available to us, we will provide updates at our website sandwichfair.com. The safety of our visitors [is] our top concern [and] to protect the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors.

“Although we cannot predict the future, our planning and preparations for the 133rd Sandwich Fair, scheduled for September 9-13, are continuing.

“Let us all support and appreciate our health authorities, health care professionals and first responders as we work together through these turbulent times.”

The fair has been held yearly on the Wednesday-Sunday after Labor Day since 1888. The fair is one of the oldest continuing county fairs in Illinois, annually attracting hundreds of thousands of fair-goers of all ages.

Over the past few weeks, several large summer community celebrations have been postponed or canceled because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In Oswego, the Oswegoland Park District announced two weeks ago that PrairieFest, the community’s annual summer celebration held every Father’s Day weekend in June, has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend.

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