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Elkhart County 4-H Fair canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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Published: May. 29, 2020 at 11:13 AM EDT
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This year's Elkhart County 4-H Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

16 News Now spoke with fair leaders to learn how this decision impacts summer plans.

Even though fairs in Indiana can open starting July 4th, that only gives organizers a couple of weeks to put the festival together.

"We just can't keep up with those protocols that we would need to follow. Combined with the fact that we have no guarantee that we'll even get to stage five by July 4th, we need a little bit more assurance that we would actually be able to host that event," said Elkhart County 4-H Fairground General Manager Miranda Muir.

Muir said this decision was not an easy one to make.

The roughly 20,000 daily visitors would make the fair difficult to pull off, given the numerous coronavirus restriction that will still be in place.

"When you bring 20,000 people together and you think about making sure everyone sanitizes their hands, making sure everyone stays six feet apart, and trying to orchestrate lines, it becomes almost unmanageable," Muir said.

Organizers are still hosting a smaller events throughout this summer like their 'Fair Food Drive-Thru' so folks can enjoy the taste of the fairgrounds during three weekends in June.

"We are working for later in the summer--we are working very closely with our local health officials here and community leaders, and we're definitely going to try and put on some smaller community events," Muir said.

Organizers say to be on the lookout for an announcement about other events coming out in the next few weeks.

from the fair board president and the fairground general manager that was posted on Facebook Friday morning.


From the Elkhart County 4-H Fair:
It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 Fair to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Fair from July 23-31, 2021. Additionally, the board voted to allow 4-H to proceed with the 4-H programs at their discretion with the understanding that they will comply with all of Purdue’s guidelines during the traditional fair week.
2020 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Postponed

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 Fair to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Fair from July 23-31, 2021. Additionally, the board voted to allow 4-H to proceed with the 4-H programs at their discretion with the understanding that they will comply with all of Purdue’s guidelines during the traditional fair week.

Posted by Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday, May 29, 2020

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