JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Fair Board released a schedule for the 2020 fair, an event that has been modified this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Planned for a portion of the original fair week in August, the fair will consist of only animal shows, the market livestock sale, a 4-H Style Revue, Royal Court crowning and a 4-H general, sewing and nutrition projects showcase.
Fair Board President Brian Edelman said Saturday it will be “a modified Junior Fair schedule,” meaning there will be no entertainment, no vendors, no fair food, no commercial or agricultural exhibits and no grandstand events because of restrictions set by Gov. Mike DeWine.
“The public will not be allowed to attend the animal shows, only junior fair members and their immediate families,” he said. “The public will be allowed in the grandstand for the livestock auction on Aug. 15.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. — 4-H dog show at west end parking lot or Kaszar Barn, depending on weather.
Saturday, Aug. 8 — Carcass show, results posted to www.ashtabula.osu.edu.
Monday, Aug. 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. — 4-H Cloverbud poster judging in the Expo Building.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. — 4-H Style Revue in front of the grandstands.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 — Royal Court crowning in front of grandstands.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — 4-H general, sewing and nutrition projects showcase at the grandstands.
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. — Horse shows in the Horse Complex.
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. — Dairy show in Open Class Ring.
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. — Rabbits and guinea pigs judging in Kaszar Show Barn.
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. — Lambs show in MAC Arena.
Thursday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. — Goats in MAC Arena.
Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. — Horse shows in Horse Complex.
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. — Dairy steers, dairy beef feeders in Open Class Ring
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. — Poultry show in Kaszar Show Barn.
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. — Swine shoe in MAC Arena.
Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. — Beef, beef feeders in Open Class Ring.
Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. — Horse shows in the Horse Complex.
Saturday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. — Market Animal Sale in front of grandstands.
All additional special programs and events such as Super Showman, Kids’ Games, the Talent Show and the dance are postponed to 2021. Junior Fair t-shirts will be available for purchase at all events, according to Jenna C. Hoyt, extension educator, Ohio State University.
The Fair Board is pleased to be able to give the 4-H’ers and Future Farmers of America, who have put in so much time and effort in their projects, the opportunity to show them. Face masks and social distancing — keep one cow length apart — will be encouraged at all times.