County Fair to be livestock show only

Indoor educational exhibits like this entomology exhibit will not be at this year’s Garvin County Fair due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The Garvin County Fair will consist of a livestock show only after the Garvin County Commissioners approved a request from the OSU Extension Service and the Garvin County Fair Board to limit the annual event during their regular meeting on Monday.

“We polled our 4-H leaders, and they all were in agreement that their kids were not ready to have entries for a fair this year,” said OSU Extension Director Melissa Koesler.

Koesler reminded the commissioners of the county’s Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) groups’ decision earlier this summer that they would not be participating in this year’s county fair due to COVID-19 concerns.

“Because of that decision we would not have the volunteers available to have an Open Class of exhibits. So, I’d like to request the commissioners to approve my request to make the fair a livestock show only event,” Koesler said.

Garvin County Fair Board member Debra Arthur said the fair board also wanted the fair to be a livestock show only event.

“This means we will not have the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull, or any of the other events we’ve normally had in the past,” Koesler said.

Koesler said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the 4-H and OHCE programs to suffer.

“Both programs have not been able to hold their normal monthly meetings because of the virus, and they have not been able to make the necessary preparations that normally are done prior to the fair,” Koesler told the News Star.

The pared down, livestock show only fair will be held August 28 and 29. Look for livestock show entry information in a future issue of the News Star.