The Brockton Fair ran for 145 seasons, from 1874 to 2019 – but now, for the third consecutive year, the fair has been cancelled.
There was no Brockton Fair in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions placed on such events. The fair recently posted on its website that there will also be no event in 2022, but offered no explanation as to why.
“It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2022 Brockton Fair,” was all posted on the site.
This is exactly the same wording that was used in 2020 and 2021.
Requests for comment from Brockton Fair staff have gone unanswered at the time of this writing.
This means that for the third year in a row, there will be no midway, no rides, no games, no animal shows, no demolition derby and no fireworks on the fairground.
The Brockton Fair usually starts in late June and is an iconic event in the area. His legendary gravelly-voiced “Soak the Bloke” clown – the great Kenny Dickman – was even featured in the short documentary. Dunk Tank Clowns.
Dunk Tank Clowns_sd by Dan Mcguire on Vimeo.
The Brockton Fair is the only one of the “big three” in this Massachusetts area that won’t be back in 2022 (and the only one that also missed 2021).
The Barnstable County Fair, in operation since 1844, is due to take place July 18-24 at East Falmouth Fairgrounds.
The Marshfield Fair, which began in 1867, is due to take place August 19-28. This fair ran out of time in the past, in 1917 and 1918 then again from 1942 to 1945 as well as in 2020, according to Wikipedia.
Additionally, The Big E will also take place September 16-October 2 in Springfield, and September 23 will feature a performance by this year’s headliner, Grammy-winning rapper Nelly.
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