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COVID-19 Update

2020 Fair is Continuing as Planned

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2020


Amid concerns of COVID-19, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair is closely monitoring the situation but continues to plan and prepare for the annual Fair, July 24-August 1, 2020.

We take the safety of our guests seriously and will continue working with public health officials on best guidelines and practices to keep everyone safe.

At this time, we cannot foresee what the COVID-19 situation will be in July. With the best interest of our community and organization in mind, we plan to delay any major decisions until closer to our much anticipated event. The situation is constantly changing and we will take any appropriate actions as it becomes necessary to do so.

Our annual Fair provides the community with valuable entertainment, youth development programs and agricultural support and we will continue to advocate for these initiatives. Our hope is that come July our community is healthy and ready to gather together again.

With the safety of fairgoers in mind, we have always been committed to providing adequate hand washing stations and a clean and disinfected facility. This will remain our goal and we will continue to improve all of our processes in accordance with updated standards.

In the meantime, we encourage the public to follow the recommendations of public health officials:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% or higher alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing and maintain at least a six-foot distance from others.
  • Stay home unless you need to go somewhere.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw your tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are not feeling well, please consult your doctor and stay home.
We appreciate the support of our community and look forward to seeing everyone at the annual Fair, July 24 -August 1, 2020.

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About Elkhart County 4-H Fair

The Elkhart County 4-H & Agricultural Exposition, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development of youth and promotion of agriculture in Elkhart County, Indiana. The Fairgrounds is comprised of 380 acres of land, 347 campsites and eight permanent structures available for community events and facility rental. The facilities host more than 50 groups and business as well as the annual Elkhart County 4-H Fair, seeing more than 350,000 guests in a calendar year. The annual Fair is one of the largest in the state of Indiana, welcoming nearly 200,000 guests annually through the gates.

The 2020 Elkhart County 4-H Fair runs July 24-August 1, 2020. For more information go to www.4hfair.org, @ElkhartCo4HFair on Twitter or www.facebook.com/elkhartcounty4Hfair.

What are we doing?

Amid growing concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Elkhart County 4-H Fair & Agricultural Exposition is closely monitoring the situation. The Fair takes the health and safety of our guests and community seriously and are taking necessary precautions to protect them by ensuring our facilities are clean and well maintained.

As a precaution, we have enacted the following policies:

  • Sanitation and disinfection of facilities in between events.
  • Sanitize and disinfect restrooms twice daily, with additional cleanings between as crowds on the grounds demand it.
  • Sanitize and disinfect meeting tables and spaces between meetings.
  • Sanitize door handles, phones, water fountains, and office spaces twice daily.

As new information develops between now and the 2020 Fair, we will adjust our response plan as necessary.


About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Individuals with COVID-19 have reportedly mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Older individuals and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, and compromised immune systems) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

COVID-19 is passed from an infected individual to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the common cold and flu virus is to:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Make every attempt to NOT touch your eyes, nose, mouth and face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • If you do become ill, stay home.
  • Cough or sneeze into a facial tissue (when available) then discard immediately.
  • If a facial tissue is not readily available, cough or sneeze into the bend of your less dominant arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with bleach or wipes that contain bleach.
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