The PCAS will not be hosting the grandstand events (Junior Rodeo, Ranch Rodeo, Figure 8, Demolition Derby), carnival, beer garden, or live music at the fair. We are disappointed to say the least.
There is clearly much uncertainty about current and future Directed Health Measures (DHMs) provided by Governor Ricketts. It takes a tremendous amount of planning, advertising, and grounds work ahead of time to put on the traditional fair that we have all come to love. Given these DHMs, we do not feel that we can put on enjoyable and quality events while most importantly ensuring the safety of our 4-H’ers, spectators, and volunteers.
Further, the past two years have been difficult for our families and communities. Between the floods of 2019 and the widespread economic impact of COVID-19 in 2020, right now we do not feel comfortable asking our sponsors to contribute to events that may not get to happen based on the July DHMs.
As parents of former, current, and future 4-H’ers, and as former 4-H’ers ourselves, the PCAS understands that the fair is the highlight of the summer for many. However, our responsibility as members of the PCAS is to put on a fair that is not only entertaining, but one that is also safe and financially responsible with tax payer and sponsorship money. We cannot in good faith move forward with an event that does not meet these three criteria at a minimum.
Thank you for your understanding and support, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the 2021 Polk County Fair!