Locals react to Bay County Fair not returning this year

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Families are going to have to look elsewhere to spend their time this October, specifically the first full week.

Dozens of FEMA trailers now occupy the fairgrounds sometimes occupied by more than 40 amusement park rides. (WJHG/WECP)

The annual Central Panhandle Fair of Bay County has been canceled this year. Dozens of FEMA trailers now occupy the fairgrounds once occupied by more than 40 amusement park rides.

However, locals say they aren't upset the fair won't be around this year. They say although the fair is fun for kids, it's time to think about the whole county instead.

"Well, the way I look at it is people here in our town need a place to live and if we have to give up the fair for a year, I think most people would be willing to do that," said Callaway Resident Pam Lewis.

"I'm not angry about it, because when I look over and see what's going on, I understand. There's a time for good times and a time for improvised times, and now is a time for improvision," said Glenwood resident James Barker. "And I look at the people that are living over there and I think they're more concerned about where they are going to have their heads lay down than where they are going to be riding on some amusement park."

Locals continued to say that having no fair will benefit more people in the long-run, especially those currently staying on the grounds.

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