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Washington County Fair modified as 'Youth Exhibitor Fair' for 2020

The Washington County Fair Grounds are going to look different this summer as the fair board has decided to modify the annual event to be open only to FFA and 4-H members, their families and approved volunteers. (Union file photo)
The Washington County Fair Grounds are going to look different this summer as the fair board has decided to modify the annual event to be open only to FFA and 4-H members, their families and approved volunteers. (Union file photo)

WASHINGTON — The Washington County Fair will continue this summer, but has been modified to be a ‘Youth Exhibitor Fair’ only, according to a news release from the Washington County Fair Association and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) of Washington County,

The organizations stated social distancing guidelines as cause to postpone grandstand entertainment and public activities for the fair. Instead, the fair scheduled for July 18-25 will only be open to 4-H and FFA members, their immediate families and approved volunteers.

“The safety and health of exhibitors, volunteers, staff, visitors, community partners, and vendors is our number one concern,” said John Wagner, Washington County Fair Association president in the statement.

Details of the modified fair are still being finalized and more information will be sent to families and volunteers as the time nears, according to the release. Currently there are only plans to show youth communication projects, non-livestock/static exhibits and livestock projects.

“In this unprecedented situation, we are working hard with our Extension staff, council, and volunteers to find a safe, reasonable and rewarding option for our youth,” said Amy Green, county 4-H/youth coordinator of Washington County ISUEO. “The love for and great tradition of the Washington County Fair will not change even when it has to look different. I believe, although change is difficult, our 4-H families will embrace these plans and work passionately to make this the best year we can under these circumstances.”