(PRESS RELEASE/NE Washington Fair)
Late Tuesday afternoon the Board of County Commissioners met with representatives of Northeast Tri- County Health, 4-H, NE WA Fair Board, the fair’s County insurance carrier, and the fair manager to discuss the Northeast Washington Fair scheduled to occur in late August. They discussed many different scenarios on how to hold the fair safely under the current restrictions. The County anticipates being in Phase 3 COVID restrictions by the end of this week, or early next week, but in order for the fair to occur in a somewhat normal manner, the County would have to be in Phase 4.
Organizers were advised that it is unlikely that we will enter Phase 4 of the COVID restrictions in time for the fair. They were also informed that WSU, which oversees the 4-H program, will not allow their members to participate in any fair where the county is not in Phase 4. Further, the restrictions placed on a fair by the state fair board would have been difficult, if not impossible to meet. From a liability perspective, vendors would probably not be able to get insurance to participate. The health department advised the fair as to what would need to occur holding a event under the Phase 3 restrictions.
In the end, all entities reluctantly suggested that we cancel the fair this year. More