FOR RELEASE: June 1, 2020 at 9:15 a.m.
2020 Washington County Fair Canceled amid COVID-19 Public Health Concerns
West Bend, WI-
With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, after discussions with Washington County officials and the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, the Washington County Agricultural & Industrial Society Board of Directors (AIS) decided, that the 2020 Washington County Fair scheduled for July 21-26, cannot take place this year as scheduled.
The AIS Board considered many factors in making this decision but ultimately concluded that the risks associated with proceeding with the fair as planned were too much to overcome. “Planning the fair is a tremendous undertaking and our hearts break for the long list of people and organizations involved in the fair every year, including the exhibitors, staff, hundreds of dedicated volunteers and groups, sponsors, the carnival, food and commercial vendors, entertainment, equipment providers and the fairgoers who make the fair possible each and every year.” said Kellie Boone, Executive Director.
In place of virtual or in-person judging, the Fair is working on a showcase/tribute to the exhibitors and will be reaching out directly to them with information as soon as it is available as well as options for youth exhibitors aging out of participation this year. Additionally, the Fair Park Committee will be meeting to discuss a possible alternate celebration of the Fair towards the end of Summer or early Fall. Should that transpire, details will be released as soon as they are available.
Regarding the 2021 Fair; both LANCO and Brantley Gilbert have agreed to move their performances to the 2021 Fair. LANCO will headline the Silver Lining Amphitheater on Thursday July 22nd and Brantley Gilbert on Saturday July 24th. Tickets already purchased will be honored for the 2021 dates. If you are unable to attend the 2021 show, a refund can be requested. Details will be emailed to all current ticket holders.
The Washington County Fair staff will reach out to sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and other ticket holders with specific information related to them.
“This decision was extremely difficult, and the impact will weigh heavily on all of us,” said Kellie Boone, Executive Director. “We thank our community and fair family for their support and understanding as we move forward to when we can all come back together at the 2021 Washington County Fair to be held July 20-25, 2021,” said Boone.
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Updated May 7, 2020
During these unique times we want to provide you with an update on the status of the 2020 Washington County Fair. First and foremost, thank you for your encouragement and support to continue on with the 162nd Washington County Fair. All of us here want an amazing year of Fair experiences just as much as you do!
Our priority is to create a place where everyone feels safe and welcome as they continue to make lifelong memories at the Fair. With this in mind, the board and staff that operate WCFP and the Fair continue to discuss options that will enable us to continue with the 162nd annual Washington County Fair.
We are analyzing all aspects and impacts of the Fair, while continuing to closely monitor data from local, state and federal health officials, and assess how this will affect each one.
At this time we have not made a formal decision on whether the Washington County Fair will go on as planned, July 21-26. Until a decision is made, we will continue to work on planning for the Fair.
Updated March 23, 2020
Per Governor Evers mandate for Safer At Home, Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center has made the following changes:
We are doing our part to stay safe at home. Our office is now virtual so you can still reach any member of our office staff to assist you.
We hope you all stay safe and healthy. We hope to see everyone very soon! Until then, we will keep updating the site and our social media channels with any updates we have to share with you.
We thank you for your support of Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center and for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.
Executive Director – Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center