COVID-19 Update – 2020 Johnson County Fair

Johnson County, IA – May 14, 2020 – Due to the ongoing social distancing guidelines and additional precautions taking place to help slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Agricultural Association, has made the difficult decision to cancel the grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair.
 
Johnson County Fair Board President Charlie Isaacs states, “After consulting with Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Emergency Management, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, and fair board members, it was determined this was the best decision due to the uncertainty of what the public health situation may look like at the end of July. We want nothing more than to have a fair, however, volunteers, visitors; youth of Johnson County and staff health and safety are our main concern.”
 
The Johnson County Agricultural Association, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Johnson County, are working to fulfill the fair vision of providing opportunities to the 4-H and FFA members to showcase their talents and accomplishments, despite the cancelation of all grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair.
 
County fair is an opportunity for Johnson County’s youth to have a unique 4-H learning experience. Even though fair in 2020 needs to happen in non-traditional ways, exhibits and evaluation of exhibits are important to help      4-H members complete their project learning. Johnson County 4-H is currently navigating the various options for fair 2020. As details are finalized, information will be sent to families and volunteers.
 
“In a time of unknown, we are working through unchartered territory and staff and volunteers are working hard to offer an educational opportunity for our youth this summer,” said Kate Yoder, County Youth Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Johnson County. “Youth are dedicated to their exhibits and I am dedicated to ensuring our youth have an educational showcase opportunity this summer.”
 
“The Johnson County Agricultural Association would like to thank all the supporters, sponsors, and partners for their support of the Johnson County Fair,” Charlie Isaacs said. “We hopeto see everyone at next year’s fair July 25th – 28th 2021 for a bigger and better showing!”
 
For more information, regarding this year’s fair and for updates about events at the fairgrounds, please follow the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Facebook and at https://www.johnsoncofair.com/Please email johnsoncofair@gmail.comwith additional inquiries.
 
For more information, regarding 4-H & FFA events at this year’s fair, please follow Johnson County 4-H on Facebook and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/johnson/Please email Yoder@iastate.eduwith additional inquiries.
 
 

Kate Yoder
Johnson County Youth Coordinator
319-337-2145
Yoder@iastate.edu
 
Charlie Isaacs
Johnson County Fair Board President
319-337-5865
johnsoncofair@gmail.com
 

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