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Summit County Sheriff's Office says county fair happening as planned this year

The Summit County Fair is still on this year despite the pandemic.
Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 13:34:49-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — While some counties are canceling their fairs due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Summit County Fair will go on as planned beginning Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, Aug. 2.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the fair will have all the fun features visitors have come to love and expect—everything from the rides and games, to the food and grandstand events.

To help encourage social distancing practices and protect guests, there will be protocols in place such as mask-wearing and the presence of handwashing and sanitation stations through the fairgrounds.

The sheriff’s office posted a message from the fair board director and the Sheriff’s Safe Communities Coordinator Angela Hawsman.

"We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe and fun fair for everyone, by limiting capacity in the grandstands and gate, in addition to sanitizing all areas several times throughout the day,” Hawsman said.

The Lorain County Fair is also happening as planned, but not without some disapproval from local city officials like the Mayor of Wellington, Hans Schneider, who said it should be canceled given threat of coronavirus to the health and safety of the public.

Joining the Cuyahoga County Fair in canceling the fair over coronavirus concerns is the Ohio State Fair, citing the safety of Ohioans as the main reason for the cancellation of the fair.

Attendees of the Summit County Fair are encouraged to pre-purchase gate and grandstand tickets online to ensure entry to a favorite event. Click here for more info.

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