Friday, July 24, 2020
Knox County Fair pull cancelled!
In a late-breaking development, the Knox County Agricultural Society has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Knox County Senior Fair in Mount Vernon, Ohio due to the tightening of state and local health regulation enforcement amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fair's slate of activities was scheduled to begin just three days after the announcement.
Therefore, the Knox County Fair Regional National Pull that had been scheduled for Sunday, July 26 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled this season.
The tentative 2021 date for the Mount Vernon event is July 25.
The following is a portion of the release that was released by Knox Public Health on Thursday, July 23:
With the support of local officials, Health Commissioner Julie Miller has cancelled the portion of the Knox County Fair referred to as the senior fair. This includes grandstand events, most food vendors, merchant exhibits, and other displays. The fair is slated to open on Sunday. All Junior Fair activities and harness racing will still take place as scheduled.
Initially committed to staging the annual fair, local officials lately have struggled with how to conduct the fair safely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"After discussing the issue with fair board representatives, the local health department and considering Governor DeWine's new directives, we felt it was the appropriate response," said Knox County Commissioner Thom Collier. "There was not a way to ensure the safety of the public and maintain an environment conducive to operating a fair."
As health commissioner, Miller has the authority to cancel the fair in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and the current Ohio public health emergency order ... "This decision is sure to upset many people, but I feel the health risks to the community outweigh the benefits of a fair," said Miller.
"I would not want to have the fair this year and have someone get sick and die and then, that person not be able to attend next year's fair," said [Fair Board President Dustin] Beheler.
Knox County's COVID-19 positive cases ... have quadrupled since Memorial Day and topped 100 on July 23.