With great exuberance, excitement and anticipation, The Wyoming Fair Association Board of Directors will welcome the community back together again and provide a much-needed sense of normalcy during the 86th annual Wyoming Fair July 10-12 at the Wyoming Fairgrounds, with proper changes due to COVID-19.
Given the very fluid, quickly evolving and rapidly changing nature of re-opening activities in Iowa, board members voted Thursday, June 18, to re-open the grounds for public activities on June 20 and are re-energized to resume planning and execution of the much anticipated 86th Annual Wyoming Fair.
The health and safety of the volunteers and attendees is of primary importance to the Wyoming Fair Association, and, with the support of local and state officials, extreme measures will be taken to protect everyone involved.
Per the guidance of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, it will be up to attendees to practice personal responsibility and self-discipline in following reasonable public health procedures, distancing and guidelines set forth in order to determine if they feel comfortable attending the fair. High risk or vulnerable individuals are especially asked to take this consideration seriously.
“I certainly hope, and want to see, agriculture celebrations and certainly 4-H and FFA activities to proceed, and I’m happy to see some fairs proceed” Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said to Bob and Andy on WMT and WHO Radio’s The Big Show in response to news that the Wyoming, Cedar County, Jackson County, Boone County and Sac County Fairs would operate basically as scheduled in July. “These are locally made decisions, and everybody’s situation is different, and I support all of those.”
Operating on a shortened planning schedule, board members decided to go back to basics in terms of activities with the original Horse Show, which started everything the fair has become today, the 4-H and FFA Calf show and Bucket Bottle Calf Show and the ECITPA Tractor Pull along with additional locally-sanctioned classes highlighting the modified schedule.
The board also voted to proceed with ordering and installing a part of the special new playground equipment, in order to recognize and celebrate the achievements of project lead Kristina Agnitsch and all of our Midland 2020 Senior Class since so many of their milestone activities were taken from them by the invisible virus.
“The community has been so good to us over the years, so supportive and so kind. In fact, our improvement projects this past decade have been funded mainly by their generous donations,” Board spokesman Andy Petersen said. “This organization has a history, tradition and heritage of providing entertainment, camaraderie, and courage even during difficult times – we have never postponed, even during WWII. So, it’s only appropriate to continue in the footsteps of those who came before us. Given the absolute horror that has been the first half of 2020, we feel a strong obligation, duty and charge to quickly follow in the footsteps of Governor Reynolds initiatives of re-opening the state and getting back to living again by providing that safe opportunity to Wyoming, Jones County and surrounding area residents.”
Certain specific details are still being ironed out, and more details will be announced soon. Given the short turn-around time between now and opening day, the fair is in great need of volunteers and sponsors. If you are willing to help with either, please contact a Board Member.
In the meantime, make sure to visit wyomingiowafair.com or like the Wyoming, Iowa Fair Facebook page to keep up with the latest specifics.