JANESVILLE (WKOW) – The 2020 Rock County 4-H Fair has been canceled due to community health concerns related to COVID-19 and the Rock County Fairgrounds serving as a COVID-19 Isolation Center.
The announcement was made by fair board President Ryan George.
Plans for a scaled-down fair were approved by the Rock County Health Department but are not possible given new information about the COVID-19 Isolation Center footprint which extends beyond Craig Center to a majority of the fairgrounds, George said in the statement.
The fairgrounds recently has been designated as an isolation center in case the COVID-19 outbreak grows.
“Each year we welcome thousands of youth exhibitors, leaders, families, volunteers, small businesses and non-profit groups,” George said. “The impact to the community is broad and extends from 4-Hers and FFA members who won’t be able to exhibit their projects to lost fundraising opportunities for local non-profits. These people are what makes the Rock County 4-H Fair special and, with them in mind, we exhausted every option to hold the fair in 2020.”
The 2021 Rock County 4-H Fair has been scheduled for July 27-Aug. 1.