Restrictions on large groups related to the coronavirus outbreak have caused the Dunn County Fair in Menomonie, Wisconsin to close its fair to the general public. Accordingly, the fair’s Regional National event, originally scheduled for Saturday, July 25 at Recreation Park, has been cancelled and will not be conducted in 2020.
Next year's tentative date for the NTPA event in Menomonie is July 24.
The fair announced that youth exhibits will proceed, but that public gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited.
The following is the text of the Dunn County Fair’s announcement of Thursday, May 21:
2020 Dunn County Fair to Modify Operations
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact on community health, the Dunn County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution ... [that] in part states, "...the 2020 Dunn County Fair shall consist only of 4-H and other youth-group related activities that can be conducted remotely; that all other elements of the Fair, including but not limited to events that take place in the grandstand, the carnival, the food court, food trucks and booths, the beer gardens, the free stage, the display and contest booths, and use of the commercial building, and all and any such activities that involve groups of people gathering in close proximity, shall not take place; and that no activity associated with the County Fair shall be open to the general public.”
"Our hearts are heavy knowing we cannot gather for our annual celebration as we have during the past 134 years, but now and always, the health and safety of our guests, participants and community is our highest priority,” said Deb Gotlibson, President of the Dunn County Fair Board. “Our mission is to provide an entertaining and educational event for people of all ages; we strive to do so in a safe and secure environment."
Provided it is deemed safe to hold large gatherings, the Dunn County Fair will return in its entirety on July 21–25, 2021. "We look forward to brighter, better days ahead when we can gather again to celebrate all that is exceptional about Dunn County." Gotlibson said. "Until then, stay safe, be well and support each other."