County Fair COVID-19 Guidance
County fair boards should consult state and local health departments about plans for hosting a fair if they believe they can hold events while adhering to state and federal social distancing guidelines. If fairs want to host livestock exhibitions virtually, they should consult the Board of Animal Health to make sure they’re able to meet all requirements.
General Guidance for County Fairs
- Establish a timeline to announce if the fair will proceed or be cancelled.
- Review contracts and evaluate if there are any penalties for cancellations.
- Work with county and state public health officials early and often if your fair is planning to proceed.
- Consider cancelling your 2020 fair if you cannot ensure the health of vendors and attendees.
Frequently Asked Questions
If we cancel our carnival/midway and other activities, can we still have a fair with livestock exhibitions?
Yes, If you meet all the MN State Department of Animal Health for Livestock Exhibitions. Contact the Board at 651-201-6826 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding exhibitions.
Does cancelling our county fair have any impact on our Minnesota Department of Agriculture County Fair Grant?
Yes, most Fiscal Year 2020 County Fair Grant contracts have expiration dates in 2021. The AGRI portion of your grant can be extended so that contract is in effect for a full three years (i.e., early 2023). The Legacy Fund portion of your grant can be extended until June 30, 2022. If your fair is cancelled, you should contact Lisa Sawyer (651-201-6277 or email@example.com) to inquire about extending your contract or revising your budget and work plan.