MCFA holds makeshift fair

Posted 3/24/20

The Madison County Fair Association held untraditional fair activities over the weekend, allowing the participants’ projects to be judged despite closing off the display to the public due to concerns over COVID-19, or coronavirus.

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MCFA holds makeshift fair

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The Madison County Fair Association held untraditional fair activities over the weekend, allowing the participants’ projects to be judged despite closing off the display to the public due to concerns over COVID-19, or coronavirus.

“The MCFA Board has been diligently working behind the scenes to come up with an option that would still allow the youth of Madison County to have their projects judged for our fair,” said MCFA officials in a Thursday statement. “It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the modification of the traditional fair. We developed what we are calling the “Drive-Through” fair.”

The only people that were present at the fairgrounds, after the projects were dropped off, were board members, advisors and committee members, who accommodated the recommended policy of social distancing and limited the number of present individuals to 10 during the judging process.

Vehicles were lined up at the gates and welcomed through in small groups to check in their projects one at a time. Projects were unloaded by the committee and no other individuals were allowed to exit their vehicles.

No exhibitors or family members were present during the events.

“We know it is not ideal and we know our youth will not get to have the true fair experience,” said last week’s statement. “However, this will allow them to know how their project is placed in the show and reward them for their hard work.”

The results for the fair have been released and can be found on the MCFA website. The Meteor will release the results in full to appear in our post-fair tab, which will be released in April.

The statement also mentioned that the association will, for the time being, plan on holding their auctions April 9-11, but admitted this may be wishful thinking.

“We would ask that all exhibitors of swine, sheep, goats and cattle keep their projects until we have determined if the April dates will work in order to have a sale that most closely resembles what we have done in the past,” said MCFA officials.

If the April dates do not work out, all projects will be released to the exhibitors and a premium only auction will be set up for a later date.

For more information, visit www.mcfa.net.

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