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Organizers prep as Vanderburgh County Fair starts Monday

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Preparation is underway for the 100th Vanderburgh County Fair.

The fair was canceled last year due to COVID-19, but festivities are ready to go this year.

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Food booths and rides will both return, as well as the popular grandstand events.

“I think people are excited to get out,” Vanderburgh County Fair President Scott Berry said. “We’re kind of hearing some numbers across the state that folks are ready to get out, and they have seen some record crowds in other counties.”

Events kick off on Monday with gates opening at 3 p.m.

“With us canceling last year, it really took the life out of all of us,” Berry said. “I mean, we looked for every avenue to make this fair happen last year, and end result - it couldn’t happen. So we’ve been anticipating this 100th year for two years now, so we can celebrate 100 years in Vanderburgh County.”

From fair food and carnival rides to showing off some animals, people are excited to come back to the fair.

“When it first got canceled last year, all of us were devastated,” Sam Belt said. “To have it back is great - it’s a great feeling. The best week of the summer, seeing friends, going to the concert, drinking purple cows.”

This year, attendees may notice some safety signage around the fairgrounds. These signs are just friendly reminders for people to social distance, follow mask recommendations, as well as to stay home if sick.

“It makes me proud that all the volunteers come together - nobody does it for the money, they do it for the love of the fair, and it makes you feel good,” Berry said. “We have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, and I don’t even know how that number exists. But again, they do it for the love of the fair.”

Click here to check out the full schedule of events at the fair.

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