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Get Ready for New Approach at Fairs

The Jefferson County Fair, from Aug. 23-28, will not be what area residents have become accustomed to over the course of many years. Neither will similar events elsewhere.

“It’s not the fair we were hoping for,” noted Jefferson County Agricultural Society President Ray Hilderbrand. He explained public health guidelines will prohibit some traditional fair activities. There will be no carnival rides and no food stands, for one thing (food will be available at a central location on the fairgrounds, however).

Horse and dairy cattle activities normally held at the fair have been canceled, too. And, of course, there will be social distancing and face mask rules.

Restrictions on the fair and similar events are too bad — but necessary if Ohioans are to continue beating back the COVID-19 epidemic.

Hilderbrand and other organizers are determined to make the fair worthwhile. One priority is to “give a good fair to the kids.”

If you have ideas in that regard, let fair organizers know. This year’s fairs may be different, but that is no reason they cannot make good memories for the youngsters.

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