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Mighty Howard County Fair will not be held this year.

Events and entertainment will be postponed until June 22-27, 2021. “To say we’re disappointed is an understatement,” said Tom Barnes,

executive secretary of the Board. “But the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Taking into consideration all of the factors the Board had to look at in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the right decision.”

The decision by the Fair Board was made after much time and effort was spent consulting with the Association of Iowa Fairs (AIF), the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), the State of Iowa and Howard County Public Health and Emergency Services.

“The Fair should be a time for celebrating the accomplishments of our area 4-H and FFAexhibitors, highlighting the ethnic and cultural diversity of our Howard County community and a time when fairgoers can get together in a family atmosphere to enjoy all of the sites, tastes and sounds of a great county fair,” Barnes said. “The last thing the Board wants to do is to create an atmosphere of concern and anxiety.”

The decision was not made lightly, not only taking into consideration of the safety of those directly involved with the Fair, but also realizing the impact the Fair has on the community and county.

“The Board does understand this decision could have a negative economic impact on our Fair vendors and local businesses who depend on the Fair for their livelihood,” Barnes noted. “However, the safety of our community is our first and foremost concern.”