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Hamilton County fair will have a different look this year

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Posted at 7:50 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:51:45-04

NOBLESVILLE — Hamilton County plans to have a 4-H fair in Noblesville in late-July, but it will have a different look.

Unlike six other counties near Indianapolis which have canceled their fairs or scaled back to just 4-H activities, the Hamilton County fair does not have a midway or rides. It's focus is on 4-H, which should make it less of a challenge to meet the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Purdue Extension, which sets guidelines for Indiana county fairs.

So, what will the Hamilton County look like? Bernie Huber of Purdue Extension Hamilton County issued this statement to WRTV.

The Hamilton County 4-H Council met Monday evening and is looking at the plan and consulting local health officials for guidelines to follow to ensure the safety of the 4-H members, families, and the community. The fair will no doubt look different this summer. Counties throughout the state may even choose to host the fairs “virtually.” They may limit the number of attendees to meet social distancing requirements. Appropriate sanitation and safety restrictions will be abundant. In 2020, there will be no overnight animal stays.

The 4-H Council in Hamilton County will meet May 26 to lay out a plan for a smaller fair. "We have to stay focused on our 4-H mission to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who will have a positive impact in their communities and the world," said Youth Educator Kathleen Bodhe. "How that looks in the next 90-days will be different but will be led by volunteers that will stay true to the 4-H mission.”