The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

County fairs still staying the course

O'Brien County slashes schedule; Clay County to make final decision next month


June 18, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the O'Brien County Fair Board agreed earlier this month to move forward with a youth 4-H and FFA fair only.

Big news from Des Moines has shifted eyes to local officials as they determine whether or not to hold county fairs this summer.

The Iowa State Fair was canceled last week for the first time since World War II. The COVID-19 pandemic was the cause this time around, as state fair board members voted 11-2 to wait until next year.

"It was a hard decision. You work all year to plan a fair," said Darwin Gaudian, of Primghar, who represents the Northwest District on the Iowa State Fair Board. "Too many things were against us."

Locally, fair organizers in both O'Brien and Clay counties are still pla...

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