- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - This year’s St. Clair County Fair in southern Illinois has been canceled amid financial hardship.

St. Clair County Fair Association president Kay Weber says the fair was being run at a loss for a couple of years. She tells the Belleville News-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1JYLbUJ ) that canceling the fair was a difficult decision, but “something had to be done.”

The fair association said in a letter that it has “struggled enormously to maintain a quality fair” since funding for county fairs has gone down in recent years. Weber says the length of the fair was cut from five to four days three years ago.

The fair association says a carnival will be held on the fairgrounds in August.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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