VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WFIE) - Good news for 4-H members and fair go-ers in Indiana: Purdue Extension has announced county 4-H fairs may begin as early as July.
According to Friday’s announcement, as long as counties reach stage five of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan, adhere to additional safety guidelines, and conduct daily screenings of employees and volunteers, county 4-H fairs could start as early as July 4.
The Vanderburgh County fair is scheduled to start July 20, and board members say right now, it is business, as usual, planning the events, competitions and concerts for this year’s fair.
“All that is in planning, just like it has been in the past,” Executive Vice President of the Vanderburgh County Fair Board Jeff Ziliak said. “Plus with this being the 100th year of the Vanderburgh County fair, we are planning some extra things, a little extra celebration to show our pride in what we have here.”
Ziliak says his team is working with other counties in the state, like Gibson, Warrick and Posey to create the best plan for Vanderburgh County.
“We are also reaching out to some of the larger fairs in Indiana," Ziliak said. “The Elkhart County fair is the week before ours, so we are interacting with them to see what they are going to do. Just trying to make decisions.”
The board does plan to make a final decision for this year’s fair on June 1. They say they are evaluating the ability to adhere to new guidelines while working with local, state and federal officials. Until then, community members are encouraged to follow the Vanderburgh County Fair on Facebook for any and all updates.
“We need some time to figure out exactly what we are going to do,” Ziliak said. “The safety and the health of everyone involved and everyone who comes to visit the fair is of our utmost concern. We want to make sure we are doing things the right way.”