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The Washington County Farmers-Merchants Fair is still being planned as scheduled for June 13-20 with a kick-off parade on June 7th, according to the fair board. 

This year’s theme is Basketball – The State That Grew The Game, which mirrors the Indiana State Fair theme.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board met to discuss the plans for the 2020 Fair.

“We have made the decision to proceed as planned at this time. We will re-evaluate on May 17th,” according to Fair Board President Cheryl Lee. 

Currently, the State of Indiana is on a Stay-at-Home order through the first of May. This could be extended depending on the number of active cases and tests being administered for the COVID-19 virus. 

At this time, Gov. Eric Holcomb has asked that no groups gather with more than 10 people.

Lee asks those who are planning to have a food booth or commercial booth, to reserve your spot and plan as normal.

You can email Tim Anderson for details and for a form at [email protected]

Anderson said in an email earlier this year that 

“Any monies sent to reserve spots between now and May 17th will be held and returned if we cannot have the fair,” Lee said. “Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you in June.”

Anderson said the fair board had made a major change in the way booths will be handled this year.

According to Anderson the board will allow businesses and groups to rent space and set up booths, but not have to have personnel there at all times.

Anders said booth setup times would be:

  • Friday June 12th 10a to 4p
  • Saturday June 13th 9a to 2p
  • Monday June 15 8a to 12p  (be mostly done by 12p; touch up 5:45p)

Fair Booth Hours will be as follows:

  • Monday, June 15 – 6p to 10p
  • Tuesday, June 16 – Friday, June 19 – 6p to 9p
  • Saturday, June 20 – 5p to 8p

Teardown of booths will take place on Saturday June 20 after 8p (not before). Anderson said booth equipment can be carried out of the buildings only. There will be no parking at front of the building.

The buildings will be open the next day, Sunday from 9am to 4p. All booth equipment and decorations will need to be gone by Tuesday June 23rd. 

Next week Purdue will be making a decision about June 4-H activities.

Once the decision has been made, the
Washington County Purdue Extension Office will notify local 4-H families.