On Thursday, June 18, the Lucas County Fair Board announced to the public the 2020 Lucas County Fair will go on as planned, July 24-30, with a few minor changes in order to properly mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The Lucas County Fair Board and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff are committed to providing our community the best fair possible, while ensuring the health and safety of participants and visitors.

All visitors, participants, volunteers, and 4-H families will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health. Additional social distancing in barns and around show rings, as well as extra sanitization measures will be taken during the county fair. 

To limit the number of people on the fair grounds at any given time, all animals will be permitted to leave the grounds following their respective species show is complete. Additionally, 4-H static exhibits will not be judged in a conference-judging format, but rather will be dropped off and judged based upon the project and accompanying write up without the youth present. Additionally, no open classes will be available this year. The 4-H and Open Exhibit Buildings will remain closed this year however, the Fair Board and volunteers look forward to welcoming you back to see those exhibits in 2021. 

To ensure the safety of all 4-H members, volunteers, and families, the 4-H Food Stand and 4-H Club Food Stands will be closed this year. The fair board is working on other options for food on the fair grounds.

Plans are moving forward with the 2020 Lucas County Fair Queen contest. The entry deadline has been extended to July 10. Please contact Megan Loynachan for details at 641-203-3769. 

Additionally, the 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale will go on as planned! You are invited to bid high and bid often to support the youth with market livestock projects. 

Read the June 23, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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