Gallia County Jr. Fair Update

Fairs across Ohio and the country continue to struggle with the decision of what to do about their respective fairs. At a special meeting of the Gallia County Agricultural Society, the Fair Board continued to discuss the Covid-19 situation and how it would affect the upcoming Junior Fair. Directors reviewed the “Responsible Restart Ohio” guidelines for county fairs in which Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton recommend that for the 2020 fair season, Agricultural Societies limit fairs to allow for only 4-H and FFA “Junior Fair” activities. Therefore, the Fair Board has decided to provide an opportunity for our exhibitors to show and display the projects that are the result of this year’s work. This years Gallia County Junior Fair will not be like the fairs of recent years. In fact, it may more resemble the very first edition of the fair back in the 50’s. The current plan for the 2020 fair is to have a series of one day shows during the week of the fair where projects could be shown, judged, and market projects sold. The breeding show before the fair would also proceed as planned. We are also planning on allowing the display of non-livestock projects. As a result of the ”Responsible Restart Ohio” plan for county fairs, some of the things that you will not see are stage events, rides, and games. At this time, we are hoping to have food concessions.
The various committees and departments of the fairboard will be meeting in the days ahead to put plans in place for everything to come together. Whatever format the 2020 fair should be, we must abide by the most up-to-date rules and regulations set by the state, the Gallia County Health Department, the Ohio Fair Managers Association, the Ohio Department of Agricultural and any other appropriate agencies. The fair board will continue to work with agencies to insure that the necessary health and safety guidelines are utilized.
As we continue to work this process, the health and safety of junior fair participants and fair attendees will always be our first priority. As the situation develops, the Fair Board will keep the public and youth exhibitors informed. We ask for your understanding and patience as this situation continues to unfold. As the summer unfolds the situation can change which could result in other changes or even in the cancelation of the 2020 fair. We are dealing with many unknowns and whatever format the 2020 Gallia County Junior Fair should be, we must again emphasize the health and safety of all in our decision making process.