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Seneca County Fair cancels demolition derby due to face mask non-compliance Staff




TIFFIN — The Seneca County Fair Board has decided to cancel the demolition derby event at this year’s fair.

The board announced the move in a Facebook post Tuesday, saying the decision was made due to the increase in COVID-19 cases locally as well as concern about the “non-compliance in wearing masks.”

“We are following the recommendations of the Health Department and the safety of our county,” the board wrote in the post.

The board is looking at the possibility of a fall derby, if conditions permit.

“Wear your mask,” the board added.

Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer has previously expressed her concern about this year’s fair, saying in a Facebook Live video that it would “surely cause the spread of the virus.”

Schweitzer said she regrets not advising area fair boards to cancel their events this year.

“Looking back, now I believe I probably would have been wise to advise both fair boards that this would not be a safe decision,” Schweitzer said. “At the time, things looked very good here in the county, and unfortunately [now] they don’t. And I’ll be honest, I think I made a mistake. We all make mistakes.”

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