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September 26, 2020

9/10/2020 8:54:00 AM
A different type of fair
As I was walking through the fairgrounds this past weekend taking pictures of the horse show, I couldn't help but think of all the memories I made at the fair as an exhibitor.
Being a livestock exhibitor taught me many things. It taught me how to take care of an animal, how to train an animal properly, how to have respect for the animal and the people who are teaching me, and it taught me how to set goals.
That's what county fairs are all about, that is until an international health pandemic sets in. There are many that may feel that the pandemic is a hoax, but unfortunately that's not something I am willing to gamble with. There have already been a few more cases throughout the week, we've already made the triple digits. And the numbers keep climbing.
But the fact remains is this: a county fair is a time to reflect on the summer all of the hard accomplishments made by exhibitors showcasing their projects. Social distancing guidelines have been put in place in order to keep us safe, however preparing for fair takes a lot of work.
Exhibitors I know starting planning for their projects earlier this year prior to the pandemic, and having been working all summer on them.
I understand that a county fair is different to many people. For many, it may mean the carnival rides and the games. Because of social distancing guidelines, it was recommended not to do that this year.
It will be a different type of fair yes, but it will be safe. Masks will be encouraged, hand sanitizers will be of the plentiful and places will be marked to encourage social distancing.
And please stay home if you do not feel well.

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