GLENWOOD CITY — For the last few months, the St. Croix County Fair Association has been monitoring the Covid-19 situation as they continued to stay positive in planning and preparing for the 110th annual St. Croix County Fair.
In a prepared press release, Gail Maier, President of the St. Croix County Fair Association stated, “With concern for the safety and health of the community, the general public, our vendors, carnival workers, and service groups as well as our exhibitors, volunteers, fair staff and all other participants, it is with great sadness that the Fair Association Board made the very difficult decision to postpone the July 15-19, 2020 St. Croix County Fair until July 14-18, 2021.”
Maier continued, “Due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty for social gatherings, as well as the financial implications, the board considered all the risks to our exhibitors, their families, our volunteers and most importantly the public in making this decision.” The board took the action not to hold the fair this year at a special board meeting held at the fairgrounds Monday evening, June 1st with about 25 people in attendance.
Jackie Kumm of New Richmond echoed the feelings of most of the other board members of the Fair Board when she addressed the board saying, “We have done the best we can but in my heart we can’t have the fair.”
This action by the St. Croix County Fair Board comes after a number of other county fairs have been cancelled for this year and that the Wisconsin and Minnesota State Fairs have been cancelled for 2020.
“Our fair traditions and our youth are very important to us, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of every person that may join us at the St. Croix County Fair,” Maier stated.
While the fair board strives to provide an entertaining and educational event for people of all ages, it must be done in a safe and secure environment.
“In communication with our county officials, and others in the fair industry, along with current guidelines and recommendations for mass gatherings, we feel that due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation at this time, it would be in our best interest not to host the 2020 St. Croix County Fair as planned for July 15-19,” Maier noted.
Maier concluded her release by stating, “On behalf of the entire St. Croix County Fair Association, please know that the decision to postpone the fair was not taken lightly. We understand how disappointing this may be, and we feel it too! Nevertheless, we are staying positive as we look ahead to 2021.”
As of this time, two other fair sponsored events are still on for August 21st and 22nd. They are the annual St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo, which was scheduled for Father’s Day weekend and the annual May Fair Event & Sale. Both have been postponed with the Rodeo for the two days of August 21 and 22 and the May Fair Event & Sale on Saturday, August 22nd.