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There will be a Fallon County Fair, starting Aug. 12, at the fairgrounds.

The fair will be a little quieter, with the usual noisy and crowded carnival Midway not a part of the 2020 fair because of the problems keeping it sanitized, according to Shyla Hadley, the fair manager.

The presence of the Coronavirus in Fallon County could end up with masks being required, she said. That would happen if the county has four cases, as the fair follows the guidelines issued by Gov. Steve Bullock.

The theme this year for the fair is “No Place Like Home” – and has an added meaning with the situation the state is in as the country battles the pandemic with social distancing and limiting interpersonal contact since March, Hadley added. The fair will be ending Aug. 16.

There will be arts and crafts displays in the exhibition hall and also livestock competitions, awards and auctions. “The livestock sale will be Aug. 15 in the barn,” the fair manager explained.

In addition, the fair will be offering free admission to the grounds, but there will be a charge for the grandstand performances. Adults will pay $15, while $5 for those between the ages of seven to 18, and there will be free admission for those six and under.

One group performing in front of the grandstands will be “Breaking Eight,” which boasts a band member from Baker.

“We will have four other grandstand shows that are very popular,” Hadley said.

The fair parade will be held Aug. 15.

According to Hadley, the fair will be held unless the governor and the state drop the county or state status back to the most restrictive level - Phase 1 - because of the COVID-19 impact.

Because of following COVID-19 regulations, the fair is only selling to 75 percent of capacity in the  grandstands seating to all events, the manager explained.

“Keep in mind when buying your tickets you are not assigned a seat but must stay within your purchased section. “Phase Two” social distancing guidelines are still in effect throughout the Fair, so it is up to you to find a seat within your section with this in mind,” the guidelines established by the fair and the state stated.

For any questions call the Fair Office at 406-778-2451

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