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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sully County Fair Board has determined that the 2020 Fair will go on as scheduled.

In an interview, Fair Board President Curt Reich, stated details on what will go on and what won’t. The fair will be held on August 8-10.

“We want to do everything we can to make people feel comfortable,” said Reich about what the Fair Board will do in response to the pandemic. “We will have facemasks available, but we understand that there might be people who don’t want to be in a large crowd who will stay home. We would like people to get out a little!”

Many of the traditional fair offerings will continue. Reich states, “There will be livestock exhibits from Thursday through Sunday.” Whether there are static exhibits will be up to the 4H program.

A major change from the past is “there will not be a rodeo, per se, but there will be bull riding on Friday night and bronc riding on Saturday night.”

It has not yet been determined whether there will be a talent contest. “If we can find someone to run it then perhaps it’ll happen.”

“There will be inflatables and other midway attractions on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,” Reich continued. “There will be a concession stand that will be operated by the Blunt Junior Firefighters.”

An annual fair favorite, “There will definitely be a chili cook-off,” but due to a shortage of ribs, the rib contest is still up in the air. “If we can supply the ribs, it’ll happen.”

Reich adds, “There will be a pedal tractor pull on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The American Legion will sponsor cow patty bingo on Saturday only. There will be a gospel hour and worship service on Sunday morning, it’s not confirmed whether or not we will have an alumni potluck.”