GREENFIELD -- The people in charge of that great Indiana tradition, the county fairs, are assessing their options this year in light of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.
In Hancock County, the decision has been made. The county fair in Greenfield will be delayed three weeks and is now scheduled for July 10-17.
Hancock County Fair President Josh Phares, in a letter posted on the fair's website, summed up the feels of fair officials across the state when he called 2020 a difficult and trying year. "We have found ourselves in an unprecedented time. I never would have imagined we would have this much change take place with so much fluidity that makes planning a fair so difficult," he wrote.
While cancellation has not been ruled out, the hope is that a three week delay will create a safer window of operation for the fair. "Although we have found ourselves in this precarious situation, where we are constantly planning and replanning based on new information, we are trying our best to provide honest and precise information," Pharas wrote.
"If all goes well we will be able to provide the most normal fair possible given the circumstances."
Pharas said updates will be posted on the fair's Facebook page and website: http://yourhancockfairgrounds.com/4-h-fair/
"We have one of the best county fairs within the state and we will do our best to make sure in 2020 this still holds true,: he wrote.