The board of the Johnson County 4-H Fair in Franklin, Indiana has opted to exclude the general public from admission to its 2020 fair, which was slated for July 19-25. The decision comes in light of the publication by the State of Indiana and the Purdue 4-H Extension of social-distancing and contact-tracing requirements for hosts of large gatherings and exhibits.
Though scheduled to begin prior to the Johnson County Fair's official opening, the inaugural NTPA Grand National event that was to be held at the fairgrounds in Franklin on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, has also been forced to cancel.
"We were really looking forward to adding the Johnson County event to our family of national tour dates this year," said Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. "But the opportunity to take our squads of NTPA Unlimiteds, Pro Stocks, and Two Wheelers into south-central Indiana will---like so many other things in this difficult year---have to wait until 2021."
Next year's tentative dates for the Franklin, Indiana GN event are July 16-17.
"We appreciate the timeliness of the pull organizers' decision and the hard choices that the fair board had to make," Randall concluded.
The fair will be limited to live 4-H exhibitions with restricted attendance. It will no longer include rides, concessions, or grandstand events.
The board released the following details concerning the fair.
2020 JOHNSON COUNTY 4-H FAIR:
The 21 members of the Johnson Country 4-H Fairboard voted to move forward with the Johnson County Fair with some major changes. The board has spent multiple hours working on the best solution with our 4-H kids and their families in mind.
- The fair will be a live 4-H exhibitor event only
- The fair will not be open to the general public.
- There will be no Midway or Commercial Exhibits.
- The Queen contest will occur with social distancing rules in place and restrictions on attendees.
- Livestock Shows will be broadcasted live on social media.
- Specific details of schedules, and who can attend events will be released at a future date.
Purdue 4-H Fair Exhibition Social Distancing Requirements and Considerations
To be able to have 4-H present at fairs in July, Purdue University has issued several restrictions to be able to do this. Those restrictions are as follows:
- Each county must turn in a COVID-19 Safety Plan three weeks before their county fair
- Follow social distancing guidelines
- Conduct health screenings of employees and volunteers working on behalf of Purdue Extension
- Register all attendees in case contact tracing is needed in the future
- Develop a communication plan with local health officials
- Develop a financial safety plan (budget) in case of cancellation due to COVID-19
- Face masks will be required for all volunteers, employees and 4-H participants (participating in 4-H events)
- There will be no overnight animal stays, the animal shows will be a show and go format (the schedule of how this will occur will be developed in partnership with the county educators and the Johnson County Fairboard)