🐮 State & County Fairs: How the Show Must Go On, If It CanBy Julie Cochrane, posted 07/27/20 16:40:52
While so many fairs have folded for this year for reasons out of their control surrounding the pandemic, others have been able to reschedule, regroup, and reorganize to allow for new safety measures. Because state and county fairs are traditionally multifaceted with many different areas of entertainment and activities, they have the 'luxury' to keep components of their event while cutting out others. For most, this means no rides.
For the folks who only go to the fair for the amusement rides, they might choose to skip their beloved fair this summer or fall, but for the people who participate in the agriculture and livestock contests, arts and crafts, and live entertainment, fairs can often take place in our luckier states that are reopening safely.
The Kentucky State Fair won't let COVID keep it down. Their plan to keep attendees safe is thorough, detailed, and carefully explained on their website. From wider, one-way aisles & reduced occupancy and added hand-washing stations to reduced hours to allow for thorough cleanings & increased outdoor areas, the Kentucky State Fair has adapted and evolved in these trying times.
The Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, TN, who is limiting its event to livestock contests and shows, has also published a set of safety rules and also require attendees to sign a waiver upon entry.
The Kearney County Fair in Minden, NE posted on their social media what to expect and what not.
Still more fairs are doing all kinds of virtual judging while allowing for exhibitors and competitors only in the expo centers because of the crowd limits in many states. Bar none, this is the most bizarre summer for fairs ever.
Many fairs scheduled for late summer are still in a wait and see pattern at this time and sadly some will have to cancel at the last minute depending on the state of the virus & the speed in which local governments are forced to switch on and off certain allowances. It's a trying time from coast to coast for events of all types and FestivalNet continues to work hard to keep fairs updated on our website for all visitors.
Have a safe and happy summer, tilt-o-whirl or not.