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The chair swing ride spins around in circles during the opening day of the 2019 Jefferson County Fair at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Fair — billed as the oldest continuously running fair in the nation — has been canceled due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 203rd version of the fair was scheduled to take place July 7 to July 12 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown.

The Jefferson County Agricultural Society, which operates the fair, announced the event’s cancellation Friday.

Robert Simpson, president of the society’s Board of Directors, said in a statement that the uncertainty as to exactly when events such as county agricultural fairs will be allowed, and what restrictions may be placed on this type of event due to the coronavirus outbreak, led to the decision to cancel the fair.

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