Marshfield Fair is closed for 2020, but will reportedly host a drive-in movie theater starting this month

The Marshfield Fair drive-in movie theater will open in two weeks and operate on weekends.

Fairgoers of all ages have been streaming in to enjoy the merry-go-rounds, fried dough, magic shows, and other amusements that are part of the nostalgic experience. President of the Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society Leonard LaForest said he expects more than 160,000 attendees this year, with cooperation from the weather.Pictured: The ferris wheel spins with riders at dusk.
The ferris wheel at the Marshfield Fair in 2017. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Marshfield Fair, which has been welcomed visitors each August for more than 150 years, will not be held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. There will still be entertainment at the fairgrounds this summer, however.

According to The Patriot Ledger, the fairgrounds will host a weekend drive-in movie theater beginning in two weeks with Father’s Day weekend.

The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society, which owns the fairgrounds, will run the drive-in theater in partnership with Fiesta Shows, which typically runs the fair’s amusement park attractions. The theater, which will show classic films like “Jaws,” has space for 500 cars, but only 250 will be allowed initially due to social distancing.

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“We decided to not have the fair because of the pandemic and, financially, we didn’t think it could have worked,” Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society president Lenny LaForest told The Patriot Ledger. “We were thinking up ways to bring in some income and do something for people, and we landed on a drive-in theater.”

With traditional movie theaters closed for now, LaForest isn’t alone in pivoting to a drive-in: Route 1 restaurant Kowloon has plans to open a drive-in theater in its parking lot, and Showcase Cinemas at Patriot Place in Foxborough has opened a temporary drive-in option.


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