Steve Storck of the Stevens County Fair Board. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Many county fair officials across the state have already made the difficult decision that trying to conduct a fair while meeting social distancing guidelines is close to impossible. Steve Storck is on the Stevens County Fair board and also chairs the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs, and told KMRS that some county fairs this summer are pivoting their operations to still recognize agricultural achievements.

“Norman County up in northern Minnesota at this point they are going to go with a 4-H Achievement Days similar to what in our area Traverse and Lac Qui Parle do, because their fairs are either during the State Fair or after the State Fair,” said Storck.

Storck said about half a dozen county fairs which are typically held in June have already cancelled their events. He said the economic impact of a fair’s cancellation is “significant” on a community. Storck said June 15 is the probable deadline for county fairs that take place in July and August to make the call on whether they go forward with their regular event.

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