As of now, the Marshall County Fair, set for July 16 to 21, is still on.
During a fair board meeting last Thursday, members decided to go ahead with the fair plans, but more definite decisions will be made on July 1 following a Phase 4 start as outlined in the governor’s plan to reopen the state as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
The fair’s motorsport arena events, which includes the demo derby and Figure 8 Race, will be postponed until fall.
“If Kansas Phase Out plans go as scheduled and the state is in a Phase 4 period during the fair, then much of the schedule will likely stay as originally planned,” said Bob Lindquist, fair board president. “If it appears that the state is in Phase 3 during the fair, then several changes will most likely take place to scheduling and the coordination of dropping off exhibits to be judged as well as the returning of items to the exhibitors.”
Animal entries, if the state is in Phase 3, will be a “show and go,” meaning species will arrive the day of their show and leave the same day to return home, Lindquist said.
The carnival and petting zoo will be at the fair, but that will also depend on what phase the state is in, Lindquist said.
The Barnyard Boogie 10K and one- and two-mile runs will be held.
Fair-goers will need to maintain social distancing where applicable, he said.
“There are still a lot of unknowns at this point, but we hope this information helps give our communities some hope and encouragement to continue with preparing their exhibits for the county fair,” Lindquist said.
K-State Research and Extension issued an extension to July 4 of the decision made in March to extend the order not allowing face to face meeting or any external programs or activities. The order was originally supposed to end on May 16.
“K-State Research and Extension will let us know if we (Marshall County Extension) can be involved in the fair,” said Susie Latta, Marshall County Extension agent. “If Extension cannot be involved in the fair, there will be no 4-H involvement in the fair. There could still be an open class division.”
The Marshall County 4-H modeling clinic and judging school usually held in early summer have been canceled.
Updates on the fair and events will be announced.