2020 Clay County Fair Update
Dear Clay County Fair Family:
Planning each edition of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” is a herculean task that requires a true team effort. The Board of Directors, staff, superintendents, Fair-time workers and volunteers, 4-H and FFA youth, open class competitive exhibitors, commercial exhibitors and concessionaires, sponsors, and entertainers all come together to put on the best possible Fair each September for our 300,000 guests.
This year’s planning, however, involves a new member on the team – COVID-19. Unfortunately, this team member does not play well with others. In fact, COVID-19 is causing the cancellation of many fairs, events, and festivals both here in Iowa and around the nation.
At this point, the outlook for fall events remains unclear as CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines do not extend that far into the future. So, we are doing what we always do – full-speed ahead planning for “The World’s Greatest County Fair.”
With that said, our planning for 2020 also includes caution. We continue to gather information, to talk with public health authorities and other fairs across the United States, to dialogue with our many partners, and to do our due diligence to keep our fairgoers, employees, and volunteers safe. Any decision to hold or not hold a Fair in 2020 will be made in late July; it is still too early to make any type of decision at this time.
When this is all over, Clay County and northwest Iowa will need our Fair more than ever. And, just as we have done for 103 years, we will be ready.
Keep the faith,
Jeremy Parsons, CFE