The Henry County Fair Board is still anticipating a full fair event this year, and has also announced this year’s featured entertainment act.
Country singer Hardy, who was set as last year’s entertainment until the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event, has been signed to be this year’s entertainment as well, according to Wayne Michaelis of the fair board.
“I just got the signed contract last week,” Michaelis said.
He added the organizers of the fair parade and Tomato Pageant are also planning on those events returning this year.
“We’re planning for a full fair with restrictions based on the governor’s guidelines at the time,” Michaelis said.
He added currently that would mean masks and social distancing on the fairgrounds, but since much of the venue is considered open there would be no restriction on crowds there.
However, currently, the grandstand would be limited to 30% capacity. Michaelis pointed out the Henry County Fair is held in August so it is hoped many restrictions will be eliminated or reduced by then.
“We’ll also have to work with the local health department on what we can do,” Michaelis said.
The contingency plan if the pandemic should worsen from its current situation is to hold another junior fair only event as was done last year.