Crook, Jefferson counties planning for scaled-down fairs this summer

The Deschutes County Fair has already been canceled due to COVID concerns, but officials in Crook and Jefferson counties say they’ll hold scaled-down versions this summer.

Crook County Fair Manager Casey Daly will present a revised plan to the Prineville City Council Tuesday night, hoping for final approval.

“It won’t look like a normal fair,” he said, declining to provide details until after the meeting.

This year’s fair, initially dubbed “County Nights and Carnival Lights,” was scheduled for August 5-8.

In Jefferson County, the fair’s board voted earlier this month to “devote our efforts to the 4H and FFA members and provide them a venue to show and sell their animals.”

In a Facebook post, the fair said the animal show will be closed to the public to allow the livestock members to participate.

“I am so very proud of our fair board for taking a long look at the guidance from Salem and not making a rash decision to cancel the whole fair,” said Brian Crow, Fairgrounds Coordinator. “They care deeply for Jefferson County and they waited as long as was feasible to monitor the daily changes in gathering rules.”

In the post, fair officials said they’re working on ways to showcase the community’s handiwork through social media.

“So, keep growing those flowers, taking photos, canning, baking, quilting, crafting and building Lego masterpieces,” the post said. “We will find a way to give you a showcase for your hard work. We are also working on a virtual talent show. Details on these programs will be announced around the first week of July.”

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