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DeWine Optimistic County and State Fairs Can Happen this Year
Ohio Ag Connection - 03/12/2021

Last month, Ohio Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups sent a letter to Governor DeWine asking for guidance so that county, independent and Ohio State fairs have adequate time to plan and prepare for the 2021 season. Those guidelines were laid out by the Governor on Thursday.

With the optimism that the state's COVID-19 cases will continue to decrease as the year continues, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that a beloved summer event is expected to take place.

DeWine announced on Thursday that the state anticipates having full county fairs this year. Ohio's first set of county fairs will get underway in June. The Ohio Department of Health will issue guidance on fairs with a few limitations later in the day.

"It's possible that, by the time we get to fair season, we may be off the health orders if things continue to go well," DeWine added.

This news comes as DeWine says the state's key numbers in the battle against COVID-19 continue to improve. The goal for Ohio is to reach an average of 50 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week span. Once that happens, DeWine says all of the state's health orders will be eliminated.

Currently, Ohio stands at 155 cases per 100,000 during the previous two weeks.

Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau, said, "We appreciate Governor DeWine's response to our request for guidelines for our county and independent fairs to move forward with the planning process for the 2021 season. These fairs bring great pride to Ohio communities and the 4-H and FFA exhibitors at our fairs proudly represent what Ohio agriculture is all about. Putting these guidelines in place will help to keep fair attendees safe and we look forward to a successful, and much needed, fair season across Ohio."

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