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Jefferson County Fair leaders say the July 21-24 event will be similar to the 2019 fair

The Jefferson County Fair will go on, with some modifications to keep folks safe during the pandemic.

"With Tuesday evening's announcement from the governor, I think we stand a good chance of having something normal-ish," said Fair Coordinator Brian Crow late last week, referring to Gov. Kate Brown's goal of fully reopening the state's economy by the end of June.

The annual event is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, July 21-24 at the fairgrounds in Madras.

"If it is true that the risk level system will go away at the end of June, the big question mark is what the new restrictions will look like," Crow said. "I fully anticipate having restrictions, but not county specific."

Plans are underway for the 4-H and FAA youth livestock show and sale as well as all of the traditional fair activities, such as exhibit entries, food and commercial vendors, beer garden, concerts, and a carnival with all safety guidelines in place.

"We met last week and are moving forward with having all static exhibits, with the exception of canned goods and baked goods. Those will not take place this year," Crow said.

He said the fair board will have a special meeting in a few weeks to sort out details of the rodeo, and the board will most likely make a decision at the June 2 board meeting.

They won't be printing a fair book this year, but all schedules and entry forms will be available on the fairgrounds website, jcfair.fun, around the middle of June.


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