DeWine limits county fairs to juniors-only

Staff reports

MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine limited the rest of Ohio’s county fairs to be junior fair only events.

DeWine said, “Unfortunately, we’re starting to see fairs that are not following safety guidelines. An outbreak of 19 cases has been traced back to a county fair. We want fairs to continue, but I spoke with county fair managers today and expressed that they must follow the rules.” The order will go in effect for Ohio fairs beginning July 31.

“The Miami County Agricultural Society is aware of and is saddened by the announcement made by Governor DeWine today concerning county fairs,” said Nick Shellenberger, MCAS president and manager. “We have worked diligently to plan a fair that the community can participate in in a safe manner. We are awaiting the order, which was mentioned today concerning county fairs, so that we may review it in its entirety. We will be doing everything possible to still put on as much of a fair as possible for our community and especially our youth. We appreciate your support and patience as we work through these challenges.”

Details on how it will impact the fair and its exhibitors will be released in the coming days. The Miami County Fair begins Aug. 14th through the 20th.