2020 Polk County Fair Press Release

Each year the Polk County Fair has come together with the greater community to provide educational displays, showcase exhibitors, and provide vendors and sponsors an outlet for their businesses. More importantly, it has given our community a place to gather, greet friends, spend time with family, and get caught up on each other’s lives.

It is with a heavy heart that the 2020 Polk County Fair, scheduled for July 30th – August 2nd, is being cancelled. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, some hard decisions had to be made in order to keep the community and our fair families safe. As the need to socially distance is quite possibly the exact opposite of the purpose of the fair. The Polk County Fair Board has decided in good conscience that the fair cannot take place this year.

Planning the fair takes a huge investment of time, energy and money. The fair board tries extremely hard to ensure the safety of every person who comes to our grounds every year. But this year the feasibility of keeping thousands of our friends and family safe, weighed heavily on us. The difficulties involved in social distancing, potential of only limited numbers allowed in the gate, and the liability involved, were just some of the challenges we faced.

While the Polk County Fair is cancelled for this year, the fair has determined that any youth exhibitor who is enrolled in a project will be eligible to participate in the 2021 Polk County Fair within the same project area. We will have further details later.

We want to thank all of you for understanding that this was one of the most difficult decisions ever faced by the Polk County Fair Board. In the meantime, we are going to work hard at making the 2021 fair one to remember. We look forward to seeing all of you at the Polk County Fair, July 29th-Aug 1st, 2021. #FairStrong

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