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August 13, 2020

7/2/2020 10:43:00 AM
Iowa County Fair is still happening, but differently
The Iowa County Fair is held annually during Labor Day weekend, and it has been an event that has been designated as "Iowa County's end of summer."
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many cancellations of headlining events in the area. With the Wisconsin State Fair announcing its cancellation last month, many county fairs followed suit. Fair cancellations in this area include Richland, Grant, Sauk, Dane, and Green.
Last Wednesday, the Iowa County Fair Board and Fair Society Members, along with Iowa County Community members gathered to determine if the fair would occur.
The decision was made to keep the fair going, but with modifications. Those modifications include not having a carnival, no Grandstand events including the Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, Harness Races, and Musical Entertainment. There will be exhibits in the fair exhibit building and animals in the barns with a shortened stay for most species.
At the beginning of the meeting Iowa County Fair Board Secretary Tammy Rule informed all in attendance that she has been receiving daily Wisconsin Fair Association updates, on which fairs cancel and which ones are modified.
"There's just so much to consider, with the state of our health pandemic right now," Rule said. "A lot of fairs that are canceling are due to their county health department shutting them down. It's because they are county run, Iowa County is not."
Iowa County community member Teresa Pittz started the discussion with thanking the board for coming together and allowing the community to share their input.
"I know you're in a tough position, trying to please everyone and it's not possible," Pittz said. "I think we would do a disservice to our county, and to our children, if we shut this down. It would be hard to bring it back. We should be so proud of ourselves for what we've done, we have brought this fair through many years and many controversies. I would be devastated if we just decided not to do a fair."
Jarred Searls, Iowa County Fair Board president, informed those in attendance that at that time, no grandstand entertainment events were taking place.
"We do not have a demolition derby, we do not have a tractor pull, and we do not have a live band," Searls said. "We're doing this to keep numbers down, and to keep people who come to the fair in the community."
Dr. Amy Robinson also added that the plan recommended accomplishes two aspects, having a fair and keeping it safe for all.
"As a mom, and as a member of the community, the point of the fair is to have an activity for our community by our county," Robinson said. "We still have an activity for our kids and activities for families to get together. Yes, there might not be a carnival, but we still accomplish not overwhelming our system, which would be the worst case. If we tried to do this and tried to promote it too much and have too many people in here. We could end up with some sort of outbreak. That's the last thing we want to have happen, but we want to give our community, something to look forward to."
The Iowa County Fair will utilize Social Media to keep the community informed as the event draws closer.

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