Clay County Fair canceled

-File photo The midway is shown at night at the 2017 Clay County Fairground during its annual 10-day run.

The Clay County Fair Association announced that this year’s county fair will be postponed until 2021, the latest regional event to cancel amidst the pandemic.

“After weeks of exploring various options, it became clear that the Fair could not protect the health and safety of fairgoers, staff, volunteers, 4-H/FFA youth, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, and entertainers during the nine-day event,” a press release said.

Despite the postponement of the Fair, 4-H/FFA livestock competitions will be held this fall. Details will be available soon from Iowa State University Extension Clay County.

“No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t find a way to give you the entire “World’s Greatest County Fair” experience that you have come to love, expect, and deserve,” said Jeremy Parsons, CEO and manager of the fair.

This marks the fifth time in the 103-year history of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” that the Fair will not be held. From 1942-1945, the Fair was suspended due to World War II.

The 2021 Clay County Fair will be September 11-19.

This story will be updated.


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