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Most of Ravalli County Fair canceled due to COVID-19

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 20:35:27-04

Despite holding out hope that it may continue, the majority of the 2020 Ravalli County Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19. The fair was originally scheduled for Sept. 2-5.

In an announcement on Monday, Ravalli County public health officials said in a statement, "It is with sadness and necessity that health officials are announcing the cancellation of the main portion of the 2020 Ravalli County fair. In light of community spread and recent increase in daily new cases such a large gathering would increase the threat of exposure, leading to rapidly increasing spread of the coronavirus.

"This would significantly worsen the risk of illness and death to the general public. A high-expected attendance for the fair would make compliance with the Gov phase 2 directive essentially impossible. However fair organizers are working on a safe plan for more limited event to allow FFA and 4H events to proceed, provided cases don’t significantly worsen between now and then.”

While mostly everything is canceled, the 4H events and FFA animal sale are still a go as officials continue to look for safe ways to continue those.