Gage County Fair opens on Wednesday

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 fair will be a 4-H and FFA exhibition fair only.

The first day of the Gage County Fair in Beatrice is on Wednesday, with several limitations due to COVID-19.

“[COVID-19] has had a big impact on our fair this year,” Gage County Fair president Steve Whitwer said. “We’re not doing what we’re used to being able to do. The numbers coming through our fair gates will be very small compared to normal. We’ve had to cut a lot of things out that we’re normally able to give to the community.”

According to Whitwer, the fair usually draws between 32,000 and 35,000 people in a normal year. This year, he’s estimating that there will be roughly 7,000 people in attendance.

Several aspects of the fair, including carnivals, independent food vendors, concerts, and camping, were compromised this year as a result of the

coronavirus pandemic. This year’s fair will be a 4-H and FFA exhibition fair only. Beth Doeschot, a 4-H parent and fair volunteer, believes that it’s important for kids to have an opportunity to present their work.

“They’ve worked really hard, and they’ve probably had a chance to work even harder on their projects since school was let out early,” Doeschot said. “But it’s just important that they continue to learn and have a chance to showcase their projects they’ve made this year.”

Fairgoers can expect to see exhibits from children involved with 4-H and FFA youth organizations. There will also be livestock animals brought in every day, pee-wee shows for young children, and a race on Friday night.

Masks will not be required, although social distancing is encouraged. The fair will be broadcast on YouTube for those unable to attend.

The Gage County Fair runs from July 22 to July 26. For more information about this year’s fair, please refer to the Gage County Fair website and Facebook page.





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