Fair shifts plan for 2020

MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, the Miami County Agricultural Society (MCAS) Board of Directors met to discuss the 2020 Miami County Fair and make changes to its event schedule in light of the recent public health order to limit fairs.

The board met for nearly five hours on Tuesday to discuss how the state’s new health order limited its fair to junior fair exhibitors only. The debate on whether to open up “open shows” to youth from outside the county was discussed at length, with the board deciding to limit open shows to Miami County youth only.

President Nick Shellenberger said the board’s decisions and new schedule will be posted on its website and social media as soon as possible.

In a press release, Shellenberger said, “We appreciate the support and cooperation of our community, patrons and sponsors during this difficult time. As this is going to put a major financial strain on the society, we will need all the help and support we can get to continue the fair in the future. Please consider sponsoring the fair as most of our expenses are fixed and most income has been erased. Let’s make the best of 2020 and plan for a great 2021 Miami County Fair!”

Shellenberger noted that the Miami County Agricultural Society has a long history of putting on a county fair. The society was founded in 1846. History of the annual fair state’s the fair was cancelled for 1943 and 1944 as the grounds were rented to the war plants in Troy for storage and resumed in 1945 with large receipts.

Shellenberger said, “Likewise as we work through this year of turmoil we intend to return to a normal fair in 2021 with great exhibits and shows.”

For more information about this year’s county fair, visit www.miamicountyohiofair.com.

Details regarding the events for the 2020 Miami County Fair:

• The fair will continue on its original dates of Aug. 14-20 with youth exhibits only.

• The fair will not be charging admission at the gates due to the limited activities on the grounds. Those with 2020 passes are asked to hold on to them to be honored at the 2021 fair.

• The Art and Horticultural halls will not be open. Refunds for those entries will be honored.

• The Junior Fair livestock and animal shows will all be held in some manner. Details regarding those events will be forthcoming. Open shows are still being held for youth only and will be limited to Miami County Fair eligible residents age 21 and younger.

• The Junior Livestock Auction has been cancelled. An online add-on program is being implemented for all 2020 Miami County Junior Fair animal exhibitors to receive sponsorship from businesses and individuals. Details of this program will be published soon.

• Camping contracts will be honored for those who wish to camp during the 2020 Miami County Fair. However, campers will be permitted to roll their contract to the 2021 fair if they so desire or refunds will be issued. Registered campers may also camp on a per night basis if they so desire at a rate of $35 per night for 30 amp hook up or $45 per night for a 50 amp hook up.

• There will be no reserved parking at the 2020 Miami County Fair. All reserved parking contracts will be rolled to 2021.

• Merchant vendors and concessionaires contracts will be rolled to 2021 or refunded. A small number of food concessionaires will be on hand for food service.

• MCAS memberships are still valid this year. They are an annual membership with voting rights attached.

• The Jeremy Camp concert has been canceled. Tickets are being refunded. The board is working with the act for a future show.

• The following events have been canceled: Veterans ceremony, tractor pulls, draft horse show, calf scramble, rodeo, Nashville Crush concert, Kids Day, career fair, 50th anniversary photo, demolition derby, grounds entertainment and Entertainment Tent acts.

• The annual election of directors for the Miami County Agricultural Society will be held from 2-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 in the Duke Lundgard Building.