2020 Hardin County Fair, July 8th-12th
Hardin County Ag Society
Dale Jass, Fair president
June 3, 2020
For Immediate Release
2020 Hardin County Fair To Be A Youth Exhibitor Fair
The Hardin County Fair, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension of Hardin County, is planning for a 2020 “Youth Exhibitor Fair” only. They are currently working together to finalize a modified fair experience which will provide opportunities for 4-H and FFA members to showcase their learning, and to receive evaluation and recognition. All livestock will be shown in an abbreviated format on a daily basis. Details are forthcoming.
Due to ongoing social distancing guidelines and precautions to help slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Hardin County Fair Board made the difficult decision to postpone public grandstand entertainment and public activities for the 2020 Hardin County Fair. The 2020 event held July 8-12 will not be open to the public, but only to 4-H and FFA members, their immediate families, and approved 4-H and fair volunteers and committee members.
Hardin County Fair Association has worked with ISU Extension of Hardin County, Hardin County Emergency Management, the Hardin County Board of Supervisors, and other stakeholders. They have determined this was the best decision due to the uncertainty of the public health situation in July.
“The safety and health of exhibitors, volunteers, staff, visitors, community partners, and vendors is our number one concern,” said Dale Jass, Hardin County Fair Board president.
Hardin County 4-H is working on the details of this modified Youth Exhibitor Fair for 2020. As these changes and logistics are finalized, information will be sent directly to families and volunteers. Currently, there are plans only for the exhibition of non-livestock/static exhibits, livestock projects, and a queen coronation as safety guidelines allow in July.
Bobbi Finarty, Hardin County Extension Director, said, “We are excited to work with the Fair Board, the kids, and volunteers to provide this opportunity. We are planning to make the static judging and livestock shows as safe as possible and will have more details soon.”
In this unprecedented situation, the Fair Board is working with its volunteers and extension staff, and knows families will still be working for the best fair we can have given the circumstances. 4-H and FFA families are the future of the Hardin County Fair.
The Hardin County Fair will be in contact with all fair vendors and sponsors in coming weeks with more information.
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