The 2020 Yellow Medicine County Fair has been cancelled.

Yellow Medicine Fair cancelled; Lyon County Fair fate up in air

The Yellow Medicine County Fair Board announced last week that it has cancelled the 2020 fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fair board met yo discuss the situation and possible options such as social distancing, seating, disinfecting, and other things required by the state to possibly make the fair a possibility this year. But they decided it would be impossible to host a fair under the circumstances.

In a press release, the Yellow Medicine County Fair board said: "The health and safety of our entire community, guests, volunteers, vendors, and exhibitors is our top priority. With this in mind, we cannot risk people becoming ill in connection with a large scale gathering such as the fair.

"Although we are postponing the fair until 2021, we are making plans for a bigger and better fair next year. Improvements and maintenance will continue to happen this summer on the grounds in preparation for next years fair."

Despite the fair and all open classes having been cancelled this year, the fair board is making an effort to help the 4-H program in any way it can to ensure a great experience for our youth.

"We look forward in putting forth our entire effort in helping those young individuals that have worked so hard on their projects, and encourage them to continue proceeding with their hard work," the board said in the press released. "We would like to thank the community, guests, volunteers, and exhibitors for all their continued support. We will get through this together and have a bigger and better fair in 2021."

The Lyon County Fair Board is expected to meet in early June to decide whether or not it will continue with a fair this year, a board member said.

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