Ohio's fairs receiving funds to help with safety
June 11, 2020
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Ohio's county fairs have received new guidelines from the state, and funds to help with safety protocols, and many are now addressing how they can have safe events this year. In addition, the state is giving each fair $50,000 to help with the cost of new required safety measures.
Some of the 94 county and independent fairs held across the state each year have already been canceled, although several fair boards agreed to continue their harness racing programs. Others had pledged to continue with some junior fair exhibits and activities.
Now many are reevaluating their options after the news that the state will allow fairs to reschedule — which previously had not been permitted once an annual schedule was set. The board of the Pickaway County Fair — whose June 20-27 run is the earliest in central Ohio — met in special session Saturday and unanimously voted to hold a full fair, including a midway and concessions.
The board of the Delaware County Fair is still a go in some form from Sept. 19-26. General manager Sandy Kuhn said the board will decide on whether it will be a full or modified fair at a July 14 meeting.