For immediate release: April 10, 2020
FAIR ORGANIZERS STAY THE COURSE FOR 2020 SEASON
Bellefontaine, Ohio - Amidst uncertainty of the next few months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fair organizers continue to plan for the 2020 fair season scheduled for July 12 – 18.
With deadlines approaching, challenges of social distancing and Ohio State University Extension cancelling all in-person programming through July 6, just four days prior to fair activity, many challenges present themselves. In the same token, fair board directors, local Extension, and volunteers are drafting solutions.
The Junior Fair portion of the exhibition remains a driving force of efforts. Organizers recognize the personal investment of time, energy, and resources youth put into their projects. It’s the goal of the fair board to make fair a positive experience.
“For 170 years, the Logan County Fair has been an annual tradition of celebrating together, as a community, the accomplishments of so many,” said Christie Barns, fair board president. “It’s an opportunity for youth to apply important skills they’ve learned; like responsibility, decision-making, and certainly today, patience. It’s a time adults can display finely-honed talents and reminisce with life-long friends of fairs gone by. These are the things that are important.”
From the entertainment perspective, all acts, shows, and competitions are already scheduled. The fair will bring back the monster trucks, a favorite from last year, along with the demo-derby, tractor pull, scramble and harness racing. New this year is a BMX stunt bike show.
Deadlines for fair entries remain the same; May 1st for the majority of junior fair projects. Open class entries can be made from June1st through June 13th. A complete schedule of classes and rules is on the fair’s website at www.locofair.org.
Barns concluded by saying, “As to tomorrow and the weeks ahead, no one can say what will be – literally, because we’re asking; everyone from our local health commissioner to the Governor himself. In the meantime, we’ll stay the course.”