COLUMBUS — State Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) today announced that state leaders have developed a plan that will help Ohio’s county fairs open this year and support youngsters involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
To allow fairs to operate in a safe manner consistent with good health practices, each fair that conducts a junior fair this year will receive $50,000, under the plan announced today. Fairs that do not conduct a junior fair this year will receive $15,000 that can be used towards next year’s far.
“County fairs showcase Ohio’s proud agricultural industry and strengthen our sense of community,” said Manchester. “I’m pleased to announce they will be able to move forward and that Ohio is providing financial support for these special events.”
The plan was announced jointly by Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), Governor Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted.
“Our county fairs aren’t just a highlight of summer, they’re an opportunity for young people to highlight their work and talents during the junior fair competitions,” said Householder. “4-H and FFA aren’t just about blue ribbon projects, they’re about blue ribbon kids. The lessons they learn working on their projects and being part of the 4-H and FFA tradition will last them a lifetime and serve them well.”
Local fair boards who have already cancelled for 2020 can apply for a new date with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The plan is subject to State Controlling Board approval, which is expected Monday.
As part of the announcement, DeWine issued an executive order detailing guidance on how to conduct fairs during the COVID-19 pandemic.