El Paso County is going ahead with a modified County Fair for 2020. 

With events nationwide being canceled and postponed due to COVID-19, the 115th Annual County Fair will only feature 4-H exhibits and attractions.

4-H is an informal, practical U.S.-based educational program where kids and teens complete hands-on projects in science, agriculture, health and civic engagement and receive guidance from adult mentors. 

Under normal circumstances, the fair would be held July 11-18 and include around 200 activities that would draw approximately 25,000 participants and spectators. 

The County decided to carry on the fair tradition while providing a safe environment, it said in an announcement yesterday, but said large special events would be difficult while maintaining social distancing requirements at performances, carnival and vendor areas. 

The 4-H Only Fair option aims to allow 4-H participants to complete their projects and potentially participate at the State Fair.

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“We all wish we could offer our regular County Fair,” Lori Harfert, chair of the Fair Advisory Board, said in a news release. “We are very interested in providing a positive 4-H Fair experience for our youth.”

County staff will work with Public Health officials to determine the procedures for offering a 4-H Fair.   This will likely include a limit on the number of individuals in barns, social distancing, and other safety measures. More information will be released in the coming weeks.

As the state guidelines evolve regarding COVID-19, the county will reevaluate County Fair special events like the Demolition Derby as potential stand-alone events later in the year. 

 

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