By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 01, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Four more fairs in the state have been canceled, according to a joint announcement this morning.

Washington County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and the Northern Wisconsin State Fairs have decided to halt this year's festivals in the face of COVID-19 fears.

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair and the Jefferson County Fair were both slated for July 8-12, and will both next be held July 7-11, 2021.

The Washington County Fair was set to be held July 21-26, and will take place July 20-25, 2021.

Meanwhile, Waukesha County Fair – the oldest in the state – was to run July 15-19. Fans will have to wait until July 21-25, 2021 for the next one.

"This decision was extremely difficult, and the impact will weigh heavily on all of us," said Kellie Boone, executive director of the Washington County Fair.

"We thank our community and fair family for their support and understanding as we move forward to when we can all come back together at the 2021 Washington County Fair."

Washington County Fair headliners LANCO and Brantley Gilbert have agreed to move their performances to the 2021 Fair, with LANCO performing on Thursday July 22 and Gilbert playing Saturday July 24.

Tickets already purchased will be honored for the 2021 dates, or can be refunded instead.

As of June 1, the Ozaukee County Fair is still on for July 29-Aug. 2.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.