ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The 2020 Great Allentown Fair has officially been canceled.

Organizers said Wednesday morning they unanimously decided to cancel the event, which was scheduled for Sept. 1-7, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee had been cautiously planning the fair since March, but agreed it is no longer possible to hold the event "as it is meant to be, with thousands of people enjoying its exciting atmosphere," officials said in a news release.

Two of the grandstand concerts -- Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood -- have already been rescheduled to Sept. 2 and 3, 2021, respectively, according to the news release.

"We feel it's best to work toward a celebratory 2021 Fair that we will strive to make better than ever," said Beverly Gruber, president of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society that owns and operates the fair and fairgrounds.

The last time the fair was canceled was in 1917 and 1918, during World War I, when the Allentown Fairgrounds was converted into a major mobilization and training camp for recruits into the U.S. Army Ambulance Service.

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