Mayor Michael Victorino issued the following statement about the postponement of the Maui County Fair:
“I’m very saddened about the loss of the Maui County Fair this year. It’s taken world wars and now COVID-19 to cancel the fair,” Mayor Victorino said. “Social distancing would be very difficult to achieve at the fair that draws tens of thousands of people to confined spaces.
“It was a very painful but necessary decision to make,” Mayor Victorino said. “For the fair to happen in early October, financial commitments would need to be made now, and we don’t know what the situation will be at that time.”
“I’m particularly concerned about our nonprofit and community groups that depend on fundraising during the fair. But, I’m hopeful that they might find budget savings during this time, and we hope that others can help offset the loss of fair income.”