Wayne County Fair Postponed Until 2021, Was ‘A Very Difficult Decision’

WAYNE – As several county fairs across the state have already made the decision of calling off 2020 events or some still needing to make a decision, Wayne County Fair officials have come to terms.

According to a release from board president David Jaeger, the Wayne County Agricultural Society Board of Directors announced Wednesday the 98th annual Wayne County Fair will not take place this summer. As of the announcement, the Nebraska Extension Service along with local Wayne County 4-H/FFA programs have not cancelled shows and events for 2020. County Fair officials will support the local groups in any way possible through this difficult time as they recognize the accomplishments of the 4-H/FFA youth in Wayne County.

In the release, 4-H/FFA shows will not be open the public as each member of 4-H/FFA will receive tickets to allow their family in to enter the fairgrounds to watch the show. More updates and notifications will be provided through the 4-H Newsletters and e-mails from Nebraska Extension.

The decision to postpone the 2020 Wayne County Fair was a very difficult decision due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next Wayne County Fair will be scheduled for Wednesday July 28 – Sunday, August 1 of 2021 as the entertainment has already been booked. Shenandoah and Restless Heart have been rescheduled to play on Saturday, July 31 of next summer. The Wayne County Agricultural Society Board of Directors is currently working to assure the return of all the major entertainment along with commercial and food vendors and extra entertainment.

The fair was originally scheduled for July 23 – 26, but again has been postponed to July 28 – August 1, 2021.

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