The 2020 Grant County Fair, which was expecting 100,000 people over five days, has been cancelled.
“We put quite a bit of planning into this year’s fair and had some great entertainment lined up,” said Jim McKiernan, fair director. “But the regulations for reopening and the Health District requirements made the fair financially unfeasible.”
The fair typically is a break-even proposition and has slowly moved to paying for itself with the potential for revenue to be slightly more than expenses.
“Many other fairs look to the Grant County Fair as an example of a true ag-based fair and applauded our efforts to move forward despite overwhelming odds,” McKiernan said. “But it became obvious late last week with the health districts notice that the state may not even move to Phase 4 until after summer, there was no way we could manage the crowds expected and still adhere to the social distancing rules.”
McKiernan went on to say the large concerts planned were also to be held in a festival seating venue with no way to manage social distancing.
The fair staff and livestock committee are still working to plan some type of showing and judging for youth who have purchased animals. “We are one of the largest livestock auctions in the state,” McKiernan touted. “We need to do something to help these kids get their livestock projects completed and the animals sold.”
Details of the potential showing and auction will be sent out through the fairgrounds Facebook page and website once the plan is finalized.
The fairgrounds staff will be processing reimbursements for carnival wristbands, vendor payments and fair camping over the next few weeks. The parking and open registration for camping will be delayed until a plan is finalized for the youth livestock judging and auction. Emails will be sent out soon regarding camping reimbursements to confirm cancellation to those who have already registered. Watch gcfairgrounds.com for more details.