The Clinton County Fair Council and Purdue Extension Clinton County approved on Tuesday evening a schedule for next month’s Clinton County and 4-H Fair, which will be July 11-18 in Frankfort.
“The total fair aspect is going to be a condensed-down version,” said Jamie Blacker, president of the Clinton County Fair Board. “With the pandemic, everything is revolving around that in the way that we are going to do things. The 4-H arena is going to be noticeably different in the way that we are going to do things and in the way that we will handle people coming and going.
“We have also reduced the amount of vendors. We are really going to have to open up the footprint of what we are going to do at the fair this year,” Blacker added. “We are only going to have a select amount of food vendors near the Edward Jones Building, and the carnival will be spread out more than it has been before to create the social-distancing aspect that we need. Even with the demolition derby on the last night (July 18), people will sit in the grandstand, but with social-distancing.”
Purdue Extension Clinton County 4-H Educator Caren Crum said that 4-H events will be limited compared to most years.
“We are really running bare bones here,” Crum said. “Our goal is to showcase the kids’ hard work, and we aren’t doing anything extra. We are doing one large species a day to limit traffic in and out, and the mingling of people.”
Blacker says that the fair board will release a map for parking and travel before the fair.
“We are checking people in for the 4-H section of the fair, and that will be fenced off,” he said.
“People will register with us,” Crum confirmed. “We will ask a series of questions, and they will get a wrist band. Purdue Extension put out some guidelines, and we have spoken with our health department, which said this is a good idea, and we are staying with that.”
Crum says she had to submit a safety plan to Purdue Extension for approval.
“The fair and the 4-H part of it still has to be with Stage 5 (of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s phased re-opening plan),” Blacker warned. “If for some reason he goes backward and cannot go to Stage 5, we cannot have a fair. So, we are moving forward with these restrictions in place”
“We are moving forward and trying to do what we need to do to have this,” Crum said. “If anyone is uncomfortable, just sit this one out. We will try to livestream everything through Hoosierland TV. (4-Hers) can complete their year by record sheet only. Showing is not a requirement. It is optional.”
Handwashing stations and sanitation stations will be placed throughout the fairgrounds.
“We are promoting cleanliness and disinfecting throughout the day all aspects of the fair,” Blacker said. “The county is promoting the use of masks by everyone if they need at the fair – especially when social-distancing is hard to do.”
The county fair will retain some of its most popular events with the usual safety measures that Blacker has already mentioned.
“Dirt drags will be Saturday night, July 11 at 6 p.m.,” Blacker said. “Tuesday and Wednesday is harness racing, and Saturday, July 18 is the demolition derby. Those are our big events right now. We are doing the queen contest Friday night, July 10 at 7 p.m. in the Edward Jones Building, but attendance will be limited. We just can’t put everyone in there.
“We just ask people to work with us this year,” he added. “We know it will be different and difficult, but we are here for the 4-H members in their 10th year, so they can finish up strong.”
The 4-H fair schedule is listed below:
2020 Clinton County 4-H Fair Schedule
4-H projects in Clinton Hall open daily 5-9 p.m.
Midway opens daily at 5 p.m.
Showmanship will be at the beginning of each show
Saturday, July 11
6:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Rabbit Check-in @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
9:00 a.m. – Rabbit Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
7:00 a.m. – Horse & Pony Check-in @ Horse Show Arena
8:00 a.m. – Horse & Pony Show @ Horse Show Arena
8:30 a.m. – Check-in for Crops and Floriculture @ Clinton Hall
9:30 a.m. – Check-in for Garden @ Clinton Hall
2:30 p.m. – Check-in for Model Tractor @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
3:30 p.m. – Model Tractor Pull @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
5:30 p.m. – Performing Arts Check-in @ Edward Jones 4-H Community Building
6:00 p.m. – Performing Arts Judging @ Edward Jones 4-H Community Building
Sunday, July 12
9:00 a.m. – Cat Show check-in @CIS Livestock Show Arena
10:00 a.m. – Cat Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
2:00 p.m. – Public Fashion Revue & Public Performing Arts Performance @ Edward Jones 4-H Community Building
4:00 p.m. – Beef check-in @CIS Livestock Show Arena
6:00 p.m. – Beef Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
Monday, July 13
6:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Poultry Check-in @ Poultry barn
9:00 a.m. – Poultry Show @ Poultry barn
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Sheep Check-in @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
Noon – Sheep Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
5:00 a.m. – Horse & Pony Contesting Show Check-in @ Horse Show Arena
6:00 p.m. – Horse & Pony Contesting Show @ Horse Show Arena
Tuesday, July 14
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Goat Check-in @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
12:30 p.m. – Goat Show @CIS Livestock Show Arena
Wednesday, July 15
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Swine Check-in @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
1:00 p.m. – Swine Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
Thursday, July 16
8:00 a.m. Lama Check-in @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
9:00 a.m. – Lama Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
8:30 a.m. – Tractor Driving Contest Check-in @ Horse Show Arena
9:00 a.m. – Tractor Driving Contest @ Horse Show Arena
Friday, July 17
6:00 p.m. – 10 year 4- H member Recognition @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
7:00 p.m. – Supreme Showmanship @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
Saturday, July 18
8:00 a.m. – Dog Show Check-in @ Breezeway between Cattle Barn and CIS Livestock Show Arena
8:30 a.m. – Dog Show @ CIS Livestock Show Arena
8:30 a.m. – Barbeque Contest Check-in @ Antique Machinery Building
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Barbeque Contest @ Antique Machinery Building
Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Project Check-out @ Clinton Hall
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Junior Leader Clean-up @ Concession Stand