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County Fairs Update

Ohio’s 95 fairs are an annual highlight for hundreds of thousands of Ohio 4-H and FFA youth, families, and community partners. Including the Ohio State Fair, 10 fairs have made the difficult decision to cancel; 8 are moving forward with plans for a full(ish) fair; 24 will be focusing on junior fair events and activities only; and 1 will just be offering senior fair activities (listing is as of June 8). While county OSU Extension 4-H professionals play significant roles in helping support county senior fair boards plan and carry out the youth-focused events, many OSU Extension professionals also provide invaluable support to fairs and, in turn, the larger communities we serve. The DeWine administration, in response to an outpouring of constituent feedback, reevaluated the county fairs sector guidance. A new guidance document is now available. We know that these discussions, deliberations, and decisions have been incredibly challenging. OSU Extension remains engaged and is committed to being active partners with our sr. fair boards. Limited exemptions have been granted for a small group of county professionals to engage in the planning, preparation, and execution of county jr. fair events occurring prior to July 6.