Spencer, Iowa — Another area county fair has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The World’s Greatest County Fair” will not be held in 2020.
The decision, announced following a vote by the Fair Executive Committee, was made amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 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.
As part of the decision, the Fair Association will assist Iowa State University Extension Clay County in developing opportunities for 4-H/FFA youth in 2020.
“The decision to postpone the Fair came with emotion and somewhat disbelief that it was really happening,” said Fair Association Board Chairman Charlie Elser. “But with lots of input from our partners and staff work, the decision was the right one. It’s time to move forward and think about 2021.”
The 2021 Clay County Fair will run from September 11th through 19th, 2021 at the fairgrounds in Spencer.