EVART -- The Osceola County 4-H FFA fair, scheduled for July 25 through Aug. 1, has been canceled.

The Fair Board of Directors made the decision to cancel at a meeting May 30.

"The health and safety of our volunteers, exhibitors and community is our top priority. We understand this is a large part of our summer and will affect our community, sponsors, vendors and especially our families," a statement from the board said.

"The biggest concern for the board was the regulations set by the state as far as social distancing, wearing masks, the number of people that can gather at an event and limiting the number of people in a barn or enclosed area," board member Cheryl Sherman said.

Sherman said postponing the fair to a later date was not an option because all of their contracts were already set for the week of July 25 through Aug. 1.

"Later in August, you would have kids involved in sports and getting ready for school, if school opens up on time, as well," Sherman said.

"We did discuss having a virtual auction, but it was decided, instead, that all of us would help our exhibitors sell their animals," she added. "With limited access to internet in some of our areas, we did not want anyone to be left out."

Sherman said all of the fairground events have been canceled for April, May, June and July.

"We may be able to organize something at a later date," she said. "We will still meet as a board and discuss things moving forward."