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September 25, 2020

9/15/2020 9:35:00 AM
Different but successful salute to summer
Well, another Iowa County Fair in the books. As I sit here looking through my photos from the weekend, I can't help but feel grateful for the kids. To say the year 2020 has been hard, is quite the understatement.
There were many tough decisions that had to be made. Does Iowa County put on a fair during a pandemic? Does Iowa County pull the plug? Or does Iowa County find a way to make it work somehow, someway? Iowa County chose the third option, in a modified way.
There have been countless meetings that have taken place to ensure fairgoers, vendors and livestock exhibitors were safe throughout the weekend. Many hand sanitizers were dispensed throughout the fairgrounds and there were markers to help ensure social distancing. Class sizes for exhibits were also small to ensure social distancing.
While it was a different type of fair this year, without the carnival rides and the games it was still a fair that I remember. I grew up showing livestock and I was grateful to see our Iowa County youth showing off their hard work put forth this past spring and summer.
Those unfamiliar to showing livestock, it takes a lot of work, and with the global pandemic it was a great way for the kids to stay busy with many projects. In many ways I'm somewhat jealous, as the kids found away to keep their minds going throughout the global chaos.
Walking through the livestock barns, all I could see were smiles knowing the show kept going on. The pandemic has changed and cancelled many things, but it didn't cancel a great Iowa County tradition. Congratulations to the Iowa County Fair Board, the Fair Society members, the Fair Superintendents, volunteers, the exhibitors, the parents and countless others on a great modified 2020 Iowa County Fair.

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