There will be a 2020 Clarion County Fair

In a photo from 2017, Dylan Say holds on tight to his cow J-Lynn as his grandmother, Kay Say, washes J-Lynn's backside. J-Lynn was one of many cows primped and groomed for judging at the fair. Animals will be shown at the fair this year in a limited capacity.

ALCOLA - There will be a fair in Clarion County this year. Following a meeting of the fair board Tuesday night, June 16, it was determined to conduct a limited fair at the Redbank Valley Municipal Park.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan, a member of the fair board, said that due to the COVID-19 restrictions the fair would run only for four days -- Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 1.

Some of the usual attractions will be absent.

Tharan said the fair's carnival company, Tropical Amusements, canceled several weeks ago.

"All the amusement companies canceled this year," said Tharan. "They would have had to disinfect the rides after every use and with social distancing it made it hard for them to make any money."

Tharan said the fair is working with local fire departments and other organizations to set up an old-fashioned midway featuring games, a dunking booth and more.

Tharan said the traditional fair food will be available but social distancing rules will be enforced.

"There will be plenty to eat," he said.

Wednesday night's entertainment at the fair will feature an oldies band, Reminisce.

Thursday night's attraction will be the Derby Dawgs compact car demolition derby.

Friday will feature a tractor pull and Saturday's events will start earlier and feature the full-size car, pickup truck and minivan demolition derby.

Tharan said it was not certain if the 4H would be attending.

"They still have a couple of days to decide," he said.

4H events and meetings have largely been canceled through the COVID-19 emergency.

Fair officials have said if 4H does not approve its members to show their animals at the fair, then all animal shows will be classified as "open" shows so everyone can still participate.