In Mesa County, fair officials met with county commissioners Wednesday to discuss how the July 14-18 event could take place while the state continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those discussions, which aren’t yet official, call for canceling virtually all public events, but allowing semi-private ones to take place, such as youth competitions.
“We’re going to go ahead and reach out to people who had booked with us — the carnival, the grandstand events — and let them know that the Mesa County Fair for the public will not be held in 2020,” Mesa County Facilities Director Greg Linza told the commissioners. “We will move forward with 4H (and FFA) in terms of trying to help them as much as we can in doing the livestock shows.”
Linza said that while details of the livestock sales are still being worked out, it likely would be some sort of hybrid with in-person and virtual participation.
He and Fair Manager Kyle Carstens did get approval from Mesa County Public Health Director Jeff Kuhr that most of the fairground’s June events, various horse shows and BMX track, can go on because they generally attract fewer than 50 people, the current limit for large gatherings under the health department’s coronavirus guidelines.
–AS PUBLISHED IN THE DAIILY SENTINEL May 28, 2020 – HERE