The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners gave the green light for the Elbert County Fair to take place July 28 through Aug. 2, after hearing from the fair board president during the June 24 …
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The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners gave the green light for the Elbert County Fair to take place July 28 through Aug. 2, after hearing from the fair board president during the June 24 BOCC meeting.
Many events have been postponed until next year, including any high-spectator events, and several events will be livestreamed through the Show Barn Flix provider.
“Myself and the executive board members have worked diligently over the last couple of months as we navigate the ever-changing world of COVID-19, and what that means for the community,” said fair board president Tammi Schneider. “All of your staff and Dwayne (Smith) at the health department have been extremely helpful, and we feel we can enable the fair to go on safely.”
Anyone attending the fair will have to sign a waiver stating they assume all risks associated with attending, and they will be responsible for maintaining social distancing. Attendees will be encouraged to wear face coverings, and signs will be placed around the grounds reminding people of safety steps. Eight hand-washing stations will be available, in addition to the public restrooms.
Many of the popular events have been canceled for this year, including the garden tractor pull, the horse pull, the kiddie corral, barbecue, trade show, the family fun rodeo, mutton bustin’ and kids races.
All 4-H projects will still be judged, and family members of 4-H participants will be given priority when it comes to attendance at 4-H shows. Events will be livestreamed through Show Barn Flix and can be watched for free.
Open Class will still be judged, but there will be no public viewing of the items.
The Junior Market Sale will be held via an online, virtual format, with call-in bidding accepted. There will also be a phone bank for call-in bids, and Junior Market Sale committee members will be on grounds to assist those who wish to bid in person.
The Cowboy Church, Ranch Rodeo, High Plains Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Fest and the parade will still take place on Sunday, Aug. 2.
4-H contestants will be able to show their animals throughout the fair, with some modifications on the length of time they will be allowed to stay. Judging will be conducted without interviews and without contestants present.
For a complete list of events and schedules, visit www.elbertcountyfair.com.
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