2020 County Fair Cancellation - COVID-19
It is with deep heartbreak that we share this decision with you. The Wadena County Fair Board met last night and did vote to cancel the 2020 Wadena County Fair because of Covid-19.
The Wadena County Fair is centered around people: Educating people, Connecting People and Entertaining People. This year is no different, however this year we need to be focused on keeping people safe. Believe us, we would love nothing more than to eat cheese curds, watch livestock shows, ride the ferris wheel and take in a grandstand event, but the protocols put in place to protect people from Covid-19 are simply unrealistic for our volunteer organization to achieve, and the liability involved is too great for our volunteer organization to risk.
We are working with the Wadena County 4-H program to ensure the youth in the program will still have the opportunity to enter exhibits for evaluation as part of their 4-H projects, including livestock, in some way, shape or form. We will be following up with sponsors, vendors and other exhibitors of the Wadena County Fair this week. Our board has been sharing many ideas of other events that could take place later in the season, including our grandstand events; that is all dependent upon regulations loosening up in the near future. As far as our upcoming Enduro Racing Season, we are watching closely and are open rescheduling race dates if needed.
We want to thank you for your continued support of the Wadena County Agricultural Society. We are so sorry that this is the decision that had to be made - we hated having to make it, but it is the right decision. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or any of the other Fair Board members. We look forward to the 2021 Wadena County Fair and can't wait to see you all there.
With County Fair Spirit,
Wadena County Fair Board
Tornado Clean Up Progress
The Vendor building under construction at the fairgrounds suffered complete loss in today's thunderstorm. Rebuilding the project is already underway.
There have been many improvements already to the devastated site of the Wadena County Fairgrounds. The 4-H building has been refinished, the horse barn is a completely new building, bleachers have been put in place at the Grandstand. More rebuilding must be done, but as a community we will be strong and succeed.