Fair Advisory Group Issues Guidelines on County and Independent Fairs

Governor DeWine’s Fair Advisory Group has released guidelines for how county fair boards and agricultural societies can work with county health departments to safely operate junior fairs for kids.

The guidelines focus on maintaining social distancing, limiting crowds, ensuring the health of everyone involved in the junior fair activities, and animal care and welfare.

“The decisions about county and independent fairs need to be made locally because each county and independent fair is unique and has different challenges,” said Governor DeWine. “Conditions may change over the course of the summer, however, we are asking all fair boards to comply with all of the orders of the Ohio Department of Health and the guidelines for other sectors that would also apply to fairs, such as for food service and rides.”

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is in the process of distributing all state funding available for Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs.

The Hardin County Fair board and staff have been monitoring the press conferences, orders, and guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and is interpreting Governor DeWine’s directive regarding county fairs while continuing to plan for the 2020 fair in coordination with the Hardin County Commissioners and Kenton-Hardin Health Department.

Hardin County Fair board president Corey Ledley issued a statement saying, “We appreciate the efforts of the County Fair Task Force which has been fighting for Ohio’s county fairs at the statehouse,”

The June meeting of the Hardin County Fair Board will be held in person on Wednesday June 3rd.

It will start at 7 that evening and will be held in the Arts & Crafts Building.

All guidelines pertaining to general office environments will be in effect.

As mandated by the Kenton-Hardin Health Department, the meeting will be limited to ten guests in-person.

Due to this restriction, guests are asked to register ahead of time by calling 419-675-2396.

After the ten-guest limit is reached, additional guests must join via video conference.