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No Open Class for 2020

Date: Aug 21, 2020

Central States Fair to Postpone the Open Class Event in 2020

There have been many new challenges this year due to COVID–19 pandemic, which have affected our many volunteers. The individuals that graciously give their time each year to their Open Class Division are mainly in the high-risk category for the virus.

Following the concerns expressed by a majority of superintendents, we have decided to remove Open Class displays from this year’s fair. All individuals who are willing to give up their time for their community should feel safe in doing so. On behalf of the Central States Fair, we would like to take this time to thank you all for the hard work that has already been accomplished in preparation for this year’s fair, as well as previous fairs.

Understandably, the current public health situation has generated many questions about the status of the 2020 Central States Fair. Rest assured, there is no higher priority than the safety of our fair participants, partners, guests, staff and volunteers. We are closely monitoring directives from local and national health agencies as the 75th Annual Central States Fair will take place.

We hope this additional time will allow us to make the necessary improvements to continue the long-loved history of open class at the fair. We plan to come together again for 2021 and are excited for the future of Open Class.

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