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Following Thursday’s announcement by the Ohio Expositions Commission cancelling the 2020 Ohio State Fair, the Vinton County Agricultural Society voted to cancel the 2020 Vinton County Junior Fair. The release via Facebook states, “Due to the increased cost of operations and new mandates it was not financially feasible to operate the fair.” Addressed to 4-H and FFA members and advisors, the release states a plan is being in put into place to contact buyers to offer participants that complete their market projects (which includes a two minute video of their project) and an to be included in a species specific pool to be divided evenly among project participants.
Governor Mike DeWine has said direction from his office would be forthcoming, but has avoided making an official statement on fairs. Many are hopeful the Governor will address fairs directly before June 1st.
Meanwhile, the Pickaway County Fair is scheduled for June 20-27, 2020 and after the announcement of the cancellation of the State Fair for later this summer, the Senior Fair Board is preparing to make final decisions regarding their fair plans at its June 8th meeting.
Last week, the Pike County Fair announced its Fair Board Directors opted for a virtual spring tag-in in preparation for their 2020 Fair, scheduled for July 31-August 8. The virtual tag-in deadline is June 1st.
Earlier this month, the Ross County Fair Board stated on its Facebook Page “the Fair Board feels that we are still not at a place where we can make a firm decision regarding the fair” scheduled August 8-15.
Jackson County Fair announced last week they would move forward with the Junior Fair, July 16-25 but would be foregoing the midway and grandstand activities or commercial vendors. The statement noted “a more definite decision will be made by the board on or before June 20th as to what the Jr. fair shows will look like.”
The Fayette County Agricultural Society stated on its website May 7th they weren’t certain what their fair will look like. The Fayette County Fair is scheduled for July 20-25. READ THE STATEMENT