Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair Closing To The Public

This year's Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 6:19 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One of Tippecanoe County's largest summer attractions is facing more changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an announcement last week, Purdue Extension said this year's Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair, scheduled to run July 18th through the 25th, will not be open to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"There's not going to be any carnivals, no vendors, no food tents," said Tippecanoe County Commissioner David Byers.

According to Byers, only 4-H members, families and volunteers will be allowed onto the fairgrounds.

"You're basically going to have a wristband to get on, you're going to have certain parking passes to be able to get on the fairgrounds," said Byers.

Many projects will be presented virtually or in a drive through style.

In person events are still scheduled for 4-H'ers to showcase their animals. Each day will feature only one species of animal to help limit the amount of attendees. Byers said this will help with social distancing and cleaning.

"We're only going to be utilizing three buildings, trying to alternate each day of when each barn is being used so that way it can be disinfected completely," said Byers.

The fair's queen pageant also had to make changes. The competition is planned to be held at Central Catholic on July 18th at 8 p.m. Attendance being limited to family members. Others will be able to watch the pageant virtually.

Queen Pageant Director Layne Reichart said they are happy to still be able to hold the event despite the changes.

"For these girls, they've been waiting until end of their 4-H career to be able to participate in the queen pageant. So still being able to give them that opportunity was still our number one goal," said Reichart.

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