A 2020 Franklin County Fair is expected, but it will not look like fairs of the past century, with Ferris wheels and cotton candy.
In fact, it won’t be open to the general public, according to Stephanie Rauschenbach, a spokeswoman for the fair. Only 4-H and other youth exhibitors and their immediate family members will be permitted, she said. The number of family members permitted on the fairgrounds hasn’t yet been determined.
A modified Junior Fair exhibition will be staged, but the fair won’t have a midway or grandstand activities, amusement rides or commercial vendors as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Rauschenbach said.
For now, the scheduled eight-day run of the 103rd Franklin County Fair will remain unchanged and will be held July 18 to 25 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard.
But even that is subject to change before June 18, an internal deadline within the Franklin County Agricultural Society to determine precisely how the Junior Fair, including a livestock auction, should be carried out, Rauschenbach said.
The society, which stages the Franklin County Fair, unanimously decided during a May 19 board meeting to proceed with a modified Junior Fair exhibition, said Chuck Buck, society president.
The decision was made “after careful consideration and thoughtful discussion,” Buck said.
Harness racing also is expected but is contingent upon the receipt of state funding – and without spectators, Buck said.
Details about how the Junior Fair activities will be presented for exhibitors, their families and judges remain uncertain, and some activities that have been presented live in the past will be virtual this year, Rauschenbach said.
The agricultural society is discussing timelines and modifications to stage activities for 4-H’ers, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations that present at the fair, Rauschenbach said.
Those details are expected to be determined by June 18, she said.
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