From the Monroe County Fair Board and ISU Extension and Outreach
Many days and nights have been spent doing research, visiting and meeting with county partners over the past few weeks and through this process it has been decided that the 2020 Monroe County 4-H & FFA Fair in Albia will go on as scheduled July 29-Aug. 3 with some definite changes being put into place.
The Monroe County Fair Board, FFA Programs, and ISU Extension and Outreach of Monroe County staff and volunteers are committed to providing our community with the best fair possible, while ensuring the health and safety of all in attendance. We value our youth and their families and are working together to make a fair a reality for them in 2020.
We encourage all fair participants to wear masks or protective face shield and all vulnerable Iowan’s to COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and take extra precautions during these unprecedented times. The staff and volunteers are working on some live streaming options to help everyone stay in touch and in tune with the fair events.
The following changes are highlights only to make sure that all are aware of what has been worked on and decided over the past few weeks. Please keep in mind that things may change again due to unforeseen measurers but we will continue to work to get information to everyone.
• All animals will be checked in as has been done in the past. Please respect social distancing guidelines and we ask that one family at a time in the scale/check-in area. Each species has some special particular changes in 2020 to help accommodate everyone in a safe and efficient manner so please check with a Superintendent in each of those areas to be updated and informed. This is each exhibitor’s responsibility to gain knowledge of the changes in 2020. Extra bleacher seating access will be available in the showring to help maintain social distancing measures. Animals not being sold in the Livestock Auction will be permitted to leave following each show.
• 4-H Static Exhibits will not be judged in a conference judging setting. All projects will be dropped off on Thursday, July 30 starting at 7:30 a.m. outside the east door of the Exhibit Building. Projects will be judged inside the closed building with limited volunteers and staff only. There will be no Food & Nutrition Project Area in 2020. The static exhibits will remain on display for the public viewing until their release on Sunday, Aug. 2 starting at 1 p.m. with specific details being available at the fair. All projects will need to be picked up by 4 p.m.
• There will be no Open Class in 2020. This includes Home Environment, Horticulture, Flowers, Quilt, and Photography which is usually judged and displayed in the Activity Building. We will be looking ahead and planning for 2021 with an outstanding return to this area.
• All exhibitors, families, volunteers, and visitors alike will be asked to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health at all events on the fairgrounds. Signage and information will be available for all in attendance along with additional sanitation stations. Please educate yourself according to your wishes and be respectful of others around you at all times.
• Camping is available in 2020. Most spots are spoken for year after year but due to current COVID conditions there are some open for this year only. The cost for camping on the grounds for the duration of the fair is $150 and $100according to the hook up site. Contact Mary Helen Feehan at 641-932-8133 for information and availability.
• Barn stalling layouts will look very different this year to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Be respectful and patient to this situation as we work through the details. Any family wishing to stall from their trailer will need to contact Angela Wilson at 641-777-2937 by July 27, 2020 to ensure that an appropriate parking spot can be available to you. No contact by July 27 means that there is no special accommodations and you will stall as assigned by livestock superintendents.
• The price for admission onto the grounds has changed in 2020. Parking passes for the duration of the fair per vehicle is $20.
Parking passes for each individual day of the fair per vehicle is $10. Tickets will be sold beginning with opening day Thursday, July 30 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 2. This price will include free admission to the Kids Carnival Area presented by Lazer Alley and all free events, displays and shows on the grounds. The Grandstand Admission remains the same $10 per adult, and $5 for children ages 6-13, five and under is free with adult admission for both Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday night will be the Mini Sprint Races. Saturday night will be the ever famous Demolition Derby and pit entry is the same $20 per person in the pit area payable at the entry gate. This does not include car entry.
• The Albia Chamber has teamed up to help provide a beer garden area in the Grandstand arena open to all over 21 presenting with a valid ID during the events on Friday and Saturday nights of the Fair in 2020.
• The fair food stand will be open with all your favorites as in the past. There will be limited volunteers to assist you so please be patient. Extra sanitation measurers will also be in place during the entire fair. There will be added food vendors in 2020 including Mr. Taco, Sno-Biz, Main Street Café, and Sweet & Saucy BBQ will be set up and ready to serve your fair food needs. There have been some added vendors and displays in the Activity Building and in other spots on the grounds with more coming in every day.
• The Livestock Auction details are being worked on by the superintendents, fair board volunteers and Justin Murphy. These volunteers are working with buyers, packers, and processing centers to accommodate needs to the best of their abilities. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 3r starting at 5 p.m. in the showring.
The free appreciation supper will also be served to all in attendance.
Information is being updated for everyone on the Monroe County Fairgrounds Facebook Page. There will be a lot of information shared by e-mail from the ISU Monroe County Extension Office to help give you the most up to date knowledge that we have. There have been multiple committee’s formed to help get a lot of work done to make this fair a reality in 2020 in Monroe County.
If you are interested in helping in any way please e-mail email@example.com A website is being created for the Monroe County Fair Board and will be released July 17 for your added convenience. Specific event schedules and information will be available very soon. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the following.
Monroe County Fair Board firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Bettis 641-777-2597
Jerry Findley 641-777-9418
Angela Wilson 641-777-2937
Monroe County Extension Office - 641-932-5612
Sue Henderson - email@example.com
Static Exhibits: Kim Wynn - 641-777-6757
Beef: Joni Murphy - 641-799-3635
Bucket/Bottle Calf: Heather/Otis Hoskins - 641-226-1489
Sheep/Goats: Blaine Stout - 641-629-0986
Swine: Daryl Schofield - 641-344-6527
Horse: Deanna Keeton - 816-500-5291
Dog: Marti McLain - 641-777-8655
Rabbit/Poultry - Dave Lippert - 641-799-0691
Cavy: Marti McLain - 641-777-8655