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Meade County Fair slated for full return in 2021 just in time for the 100th fair


CHAD HOBBS

Messenger Staff 


After being forced to cancel most of the events last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meade County Fair is slated to make a full return later this summer. In a recent interview, Fair Board Chairman David Pace said that all the major events are contracted, and at this point, the fair board is planning for a full lineup of a seven-day fair.

“The main thing right now is we want people to feel comfortable. That’s number one,” Pace explained. “No one has to come, but we are going to make it as accessible as possible.”

To that end, Pace said that they feel like the outdoor capacity of the fairgrounds is around 14,000, which even at 60 percent capacity would mean close to 8,500 people would meet guidelines. With Friday night attendance usually ranging around 8,000 people and other nights ranging somewhere around 5 to 8 thousand, he feels that the outdoor attendance would easily fall within current guidelines. He said that they are looking at their indoor events in buildings such as the Home and Garden Building and the Farm Bureau Building.

“Some of that we may have to limit a little bit,” Pace said. “Instead of putting six sets of bleachers in there, we may put three sets of bleachers in there to cut those numbers of seats down, but by July, even that could change. We just don’t know yet, and he (Gov. Beshear) is saying if another million people get vaccinated there won’t be any restrictions.”

The main thing is they want people to feel safe. To achieve that, the board continues to monitor not only guidelines, but also will have plans in place for increased sanitation. This includes more precautions in bathroom facilities, backpack sprayers that will be walking around and spraying sanitizer throughout the day on everything from bleachers to handrails, as well as making hand sanitation stations easily accessible throughout the fairgrounds.

The fair rides and gaming booths operated by Kissel will also be returning this year.