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.