Harrison County Fair, Ohio
**^Campers - this is a constantly changing situation - the board will address this again on June 1st. Please allow until June 2nd before asking for refunds or credits for 2021.***
The Harrison County Agricultural Society has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic situation. We have been in constant contact with state and local authorities, including the CDC, local health department, County Commissioners, and other public agencies. The “Stay at Home” restrictions put in place by Governor DeWine were recently extended through the month of May. Federal, state and local governments are discussing plans for re-opening the country soon. The board, as well as our patrons and supporters, understand this will not occur quickly. There will be a gradual re-opening and return to our ‘new’ normal way of life.
The success of the Buckeye state flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus is well documented in the news. Our state is leading the way to keep Ohioans as safe as possible and with great success. We must do all we can to maintain these best practices as part of our daily activities. We fully appreciate how hard our youth work to prepare and show at the county fair. We also know that our vendors, staff, patrons, and board members have put in countless hours trying to find ways to make things function in a way that will keep everyone safe in these difficult conditions. With that being said, the board has decided to have an abbreviated form of the Harrison County Fair for 2020.
The board is currently planning a shortened 3 days for the County Fair that will be open for Market Animal shows only starting June 23rd, with a sale on Friday June 26th. The market livestock project purpose is to provide product for the food chain. These animals are raised and prepared for a set fair date therefore completing this project is in the best interest of our exhibitors and the buyers. With the safety and health of our exhibitors as first priority, only those youth who are showing Market Animals and their immediate family will be permitted on the grounds. The shows will not be open to the public. A sale for those market animals will be on Friday. The sale will be open for buyers only, as that is the standard that is being used in all sale barns locally. The rules of social distancing and hand washing will remain in place for all. Exhibitors, immediate family, and buyers in attendance are encouraged to wear their own facemasks.
There will be no Beef Feeder Calves, Breeding animals or Showmanship classes offered. There will also be no camping available. There will be days in the future that we intend on holding a show for our Dairy and Breeding goat participants and our Horse project participants. The Board is planning to hold a Family Fun Day for our Junior and Senior fair members. These dates will be announced once we are safe to convene in large groups. Given the constantly changing environment we are working in, please be advised that these best laid plans can also change with no notice. We are currently at the mercy of this virus. State and local authorities can decide that we must not move forward with these plans and at such time we may be forced to cancel these and all events.
This is not a decision the board has taken lightly. It was a thoughtful, and honestly, quite emotional decision. We have exhausted every effort to find ways to implement the safety and health considerations into the plan of activities that are a part of our standard County Fair. The obstacles presented were too great and led us to this alternative option. The safety and well-being of our county’s youth is and will continue to be our top priority. We also are responsible for the safety of their families, friends, and supporters who attend the County Fair. We dearly miss not being able to spend time with our County Fair friends and family and look forward seeing you all in the future.
The safety and welfare of our community must continue to be our top priority.