After the coronavirus pandemic forced the interruption of an in-person Miami County 4-H Fair last year, officials are expecting a full return next week.
“We are running full steam ahead at this point,” Miami County 4-H Fair Board President Greg Hunt told the Tribune on Tuesday.
Hunt said fair-goers this year will see a return of events and schedule reminiscent of years past.
The annual summer fair is among many making a comeback this summer following a rash of cancellations last summer amid health concerns stemming from the pandemic.
Officials have already pulled off this year’s Cole Porter Festival and the annual Circus City Festival is scheduled to happen this summer as well.
Hunt told the Tribune that fair officials are “respecting the recommendations” of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which suggest that individuals who have not yet been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks in public and practice social distancing.
Although there will be no “policing” of those guidelines, Hunt said those who choose to practice them are welcome at the fair.
Beyond those guidelines, Hunt said most activities will be pretty familiar. Livestock shows and schedules will be similar to years past. The carnival is returning, though scheduling conflict means it will not start until Tuesday evening (instead of Monday). And there will be plenty of food vendors on hand.
“I am being told that … we are booked up,” he said.
Hunt estimated there are roughly 450 youth enrolled in 4-H programs around the county this year and those attending the fair will have an opportunity to see not only their livestock, but projects in the exhibition building as well.
There is also a full schedule for the grandstand, as usual.
The fair starts officially Sunday evening with a vespers service and things get into full swing Monday morning. It will run through the following Saturday. For a full schedule visit miamicounty4hfair.com.
“We worked pretty hard on getting things put together,” Hunt said. “We are anticipating one of our best fairs ever.”