Madison County 4-H and FFA families made it clear to the Options Committee, composed of members of the Fair Board and staff from the Madison County Extension/Outreach office, that they wanted to participate in a 2020 fair of some form. 

Created in early May, the committee spent countless hours considering opportunities for the fair that would safely meet the needs of families, follow public health guidelines in place due to the pandemic, and express the purpose of their mission statement.

The words “To provide opportunities for 4-H’ers, FFA members, youth and adults of Madison County to showcase their accomplishments and talents in a safe family atmosphere” were reiterated as households were surveyed regarding their thoughts on the event. After careful consideration, a decision was made and this year’s fair, running July 15 through July 19, will have a different look.

The fair will be limited to 4-H/FFA members, families, staff, and volunteers for the exhibition of 4-H/FFA projects. The following 4-H/FFA events will take place: communications, clothing, dog, static, horse, goat, dairy cattle, cat, poultry, beef, rabbit, swine, sheep, King and Queen contest, and exhibitor market animal auction. 

Many shows involving grandstand entertainment have been canceled. This includes the truck/tractor pull, rodeo, and mud runs. Other events that had to be postponed involved the Bill Riley Talent Contest, Bacon Buddies, celebrity swine show, the Farm Bureau Cooking Contest, livestock judging, horseshoe and archery tournaments, kiddie tractor pull, and the remote control demo derby. 

Vendors will not be available on the outside grounds or in the varied industries building.

No open shows will be conducted. The following shows are also canceled for this year’s fair: pet shows, bottle calf, kid goat, llama/alpaca, carcass contests (beef, goat, swine), and the draft horse show.

Although this version of the fair will be a bit different, organizers are excited to host a 4-H/FFA Exhibition and thank the fair participants, exhibitors, and volunteers for their patience during this time. The Madison County Fair would not be possible without their fair partners, who have offered unwavering support for this as well as past years.

Managing editor at the Madisonian.