The Indiana State Fair is the latest of the state fairs to cancel for 2020. But youth livestock exhibitors in Indiana have a reason to be excited and have hope.
On Thursday, following the cancellation announcement, the Indiana State Fair Commission and the Indiana State Fair Board announced a modified State Fair 4-H Livestock Show with additional activities that will be held on the state fairgrounds in August.
“We have a lot of great work ahead,” says Spencer Morris, livestock director at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.
When key elements of the state fair, including vendors and partners of the fair began falling off due to COVID-19, the Indiana State Fair Commission pivoted and found a new way to still serve its community, said Brad Champers, Indiana State Fair Commission Chairman, in a release.
Safety remains a No.1 priority, said Cindy Hoye, Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair Commission, in a release.
“We’ve spent months working through options that would allow us to host the fair,” Hoye says. “Agriculture and youth are the foundation of our mission and the heartbeat of the Indiana State Fair, so we are determined and proud to honor our 4-H members with a version of that State Fair experience that allows Indiana’s youth to be recognized for their dedication and hard work.”
The Indiana State Fair drew in 879,000 people last year, showcasing youth and agriculture along with great food, animals, entertainment, and exhibits.
Hoye said, “We are grateful for the support of our State Fair Family; each one of you who makes the iconic event possible every summer. To our beloved fans, staff, sponsors, exhibitors, 4-H & FFA members, vendors, volunteers and entertainers – we look forward to being back at full strength in August 2021.”
State fair organizers note that this is not the first time the Indiana State Fair was modified or did not take place. During the Civil War and WWII, the fairgrounds was needed to support the war effort.For more information, visit IndianaStateFair.com.