Ashland County Fair makes changes to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines

Johnathan Albright

The annual Ashland County Fair is currently underway its start on Saturday, Sept. 20 and will continue until Wednesday, Sept. 23. 

However, this year there are a few changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of these being a switch to solely unior fair due to the guidelines, and line-up changes. 

According to the Ashland County Fair website there are four guidelines that are to be followed this year.

When you are at the fair you will need to practice social distancing of a six-foot distance away from anyone else. With that a mask must be worn in any indoor location, and outside if you are within a 6-foot distance of anyone else.

While doing their best to help prevent COVID-19, the fair is also trying its best to stop physical contact. They will not allow any contact between judges, exhibitors, participants, and sellers. 

Fairgoers are not permitted to touch or pet any of the animals. There will be hand washing and hand sanitizer stations spread throughout the fair for your use.

At this year’s fair there will be a curfew beginning at 10p.m.Participants will be expected to leave the fairgrounds, or be back in their campers at that time. If there is an event that lasts longer than 10p.m. Everyone is expected to follow the curfew rules and vacate the grounds no later than 30 minutes after the conclusion of the event.

With these new rules there are also events and activities that cannot take place this year. There will be no rides this year. With that there will also be no live performing acts.

Compared to previous years, the 2020 fair has cut down on some of its events and has even cancelled some that were scheduled. Last year’s demonstrations of Wood Carving and Glass Blowing will not be happening this year.

The canceled events are: OSTPA Tractor Pull, Harness Racing, Lawn Mower Derby, Tractor/Truck Pull, Motocross, Stock Tractor Pull and the Demolition Derby. 

The last event, animal release from 9a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24th.

With these changes in effect the Ashland County Fair would appreciate the help of all who attend in following the guidelines.