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Is there going to be a Ringgold County Fair?
This was being asked numerous times to the fairboard members. After a lot of discussion and inquiries to other fairs, district fair directors and Iowa State Fair directors, the board made a decision.
According to information provided by Ringgold County Fair board president Keith Miller, the vote was to cancel all of the evening grandstand events. The gate receipts do not cover the expenses for the events even if it appears that there is a large crowd in attendance.
To compensate the fair board usually gets sponsorship from businesses and individuals. These generous donations provide support for all the events at the Fair. Because of the duress Corona-virus is placing on most businesses, and the citizens of Ringgold County, the fairboard decided being respectful of the businesses and individuals of the county that contacts would not be made for donations.
Some other things canceled are the BBQ contest (question if can get enough meat), the beer garden, inflatables (impossible to keep sanitized), Silly Sally, the baby contests, kids games and Supportive Services games. Fireworks will be postponed to 2021.
At this time, if at all possible, the 4-H and FFA members will show their exhibits and livestock although the methods of judging may have to be revamped. Also, it is the intentions to let the clubs have booths in the 4-H building, but the number of people in the building may have to be limited. Also, we will attempt to have a sale in some form. There will be a queen and princess contest, but it will not be open to the public.
Governor Reynolds has opened up camping and Farmer’s Markets with restrictions. So, we will have a Farmers Market and allow camping.
Kristen and Justin Akers will be responsible for the concession stand with extra efforts to meet health department requirements. Their preliminary menu looks innovative and exciting.
At this time, we still plan on having open class exhibits and booths in the commercial building. With extra sanitizing, we will try to have Myer’s Kids Pedal Pull.
Parade? Yes, we will attempt to have a parade. People may have to stay in their vehicles or on floats and spectators can space out their lawn chairs or stay in their vehicles. Let’s make this a big parade to show some positivity during this pandemic!
If anyone would be interested in making a donation to the Ringgold County Fair, contact Keith Miller 641-414-2575 or Kisha Martin 641-202-0177. Everyone’s support is appreciated!