Carroll County Fair still on, modified with outside activities only

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The Carroll County Fair will be scaled down this year, according to Laura A. Keeton, president of the Carroll County Fair Association in a letter she posted on Facebook to the citizens of Carroll County.

It is set for Sept. 21-26.

However, it will be hardly recognizable as the usual Carroll County Fair.

“The Carroll County Fair Board Association, after much debate, has decided that the Carroll County Fair will go on as scheduled, but with substantial modifications,” the letter says.

Due to COVID, unfortunately, there will be no indoor activities. All pageants, the dog show, senior day activities and exhibits normally placed in the exhibit hall will be cancelled this year.

Outdoor activities will continue but may be modified dependent on circumstances. At this time, the carnival, livestock show, 4-H pullet show/sale, poultry exhibit, monster truck show, circus, truck pull and Pope’s Carnival Foods will be available.

“We will be taking extra precautions in the way of extra sanitizing and requesting everyone to wear a mask and maintain distance from persons not in your family group,” said Keeton. “I, as Fair Association President, have been regular contact with the carnival and they have had no problems at the places they have played. Further, they are going above and beyond in sanitizing the rides and distancing rides to keep their patrons safe.”

Keeton reiterated that county fairs are the only livelihoods of the carnival people and they want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time. 

“Also, in this time of high stress, we could all use a little enjoyment and relaxation,” she said. “So if you feel comfortable doing so, we urge you to put on your mask, sanitize your hands frequently and come enjoy the fair.”

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