For those awaiting word on the status of the Hancock County Fair, they will have to wait a little while longer.
Brian Greer, Purdue extension educator for 4-H/youth development, notified Hancock County residents and 4-H participants Friday that the Hancock County 4-H is holding off on an announcement surrounding the fair until early next week.
“Why? There are many factors and considerations that must be addressed before we can provide a detailed plan for our county’s fair… The 4-H Ag Association and I will be meeting next Monday to discuss how the fair will proceed given the latest guidelines from campus. I ask for your patience while we sift through all the new information we have just received,” Greer wrote.
Purdue officials responded with a letter of their own, as Jason Henderson, Director of Extension, and Casey Mull, assistant director of extension, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, both reached out to families.
“Purdue Extension will continue its current policy of no in-person events through June 30, 2020.
Beginning July 1, Purdue Extension will permit in-person events that comply with Indiana’s Back on Track plan,” they wrote.
They did write that large events with more than 250 persons attending can only be held when the county has Stage 5 and added that such events must comply with social distancing guidelines, daily screening of employees and volunteers working behalf of the extension, and other health and safety restrictions.
At this moment, the Hancock County 4-H Fair is slated for July 10-17.
Greer told Giant FM that because Indiana 4-H is a Purdue-sponsored organization, all decisions regarding postponement or cancellation of events due to COVID-19 are made at the institutional level.
“At this moment, I can’t say what exactly the fair will look like. As for whether the fair will be safer, Purdue Extension and the Hancock County 4-H are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of our 4-H families and public fair goers. Thus, we follow guidelines provided to us by Purdue University leadership and public health officials,” Greer told Giant FM.