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The Johnson County Fair Association cancels 2020 Grounds and Grandstand Entertainment

IOWA CITY– 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 made the difficult decision to cancel the grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair.
Johnson County Fair Board President Charlie Isaacs stated, “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, is working to fulfill the fair vision of providing opportunities to the 4-H and FFA members to showcase their talents and accomplishments, despite the cancellation of all grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair.
The county fair is an opportunity for Johnson County’s youth to have a unique 4-H learning experience. Even though the 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 the 2020 fair. As details are finalized, information will be sent to families and volunteers.
“In a time of unknown, we are working through uncharted territory and staff and volunteers are working hard to offer an educational opportunity for our youth this summer,” said County Youth Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Johnson County Kate Yoder. “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 hope to see everyone at next year’s fair July 25-28, 2021 for a bigger and better showing.”
For more information, regarding this year’s fair, and for updates about events at the fairgrounds, follow the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Facebook and at www.johnsoncofair.com/ or email johnsoncofair@gmail.com with additional inquiries.
For more information, regarding 4-H and FFA events at this year’s fair, follow Johnson County 4-H on Facebook and at www.extension.iastate.edu/johnson/ or email Yoder@iastate.edu with additional inquiries.
Charlie Isaacs
Johnson County Fair Board President
319-337-5865
johnsoncofair@gmail.com
Kate Yoder
Johnson County Youth Coordinator
319-337-2145
Yoder@iastate.edu