No Fair! Clayton County postpones Fair for first time ever

NATIONAL — During its 165-year history, the Clayton County Fair has persevered through two world wars, heat waves, droughts and the Great Depression. It could not, however, persevere through this year’s unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the Clayton County Agricultural Society, which sponsors the Fair, announced that it would be postponed to 2021. 

In a press release, the society said it used guidance from state and city officials, as well as the Clayton County Board of Health, in reaching the decision. It said it also consulted with the Association of Iowa Fairs and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

“Due to the guidance received and unanimous vote by the Clayton County Agricultural Society, it has been decided that the 2020 annual Clayton County Fair will be postponed until August 4-8, 2021,” the release noted. “As we were hopeful to proceed with planning this year, the decision was based on the safety and health of our community with the information provided to us today.”


For more of this story see the June 17 Outlook.