Wayne County Board of Health members Clayton Merritt, BSN RN CEN and Dr. Joel A. Wells, DO were present during the July 2 Wayne County Fair Board meeting where they urged fair board members to reconsider holding the 2020 Wayne County Fair due to COVID-19 concerns.

“This would be a very high risk event and our job on the Board of Health is to protect the health of Wayne County and give guidance,” stated Merritt.

“In March and April we didn’t have COVID cases in Wayne County,” said Dr. Wells. “As of now we have 10. It is on the rise.”

Earlier in the evening before the meeting was opened, the Wayne County Public Health office confirmed the ninth and 10th positive COVID-19 cases in the county with five of the 10 cases being identified as recovered.

After much discussion and deliberation by Merritt, Dr. Wells, fair board members and others in attendance at the meeting, a vote was held where 14 were in favor to hold the fair and three voted to postpone.

While the full details are still to be determined for the 2020 Wayne County Fair, it has been released this year will be a modified version that will include one night of an Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday, July 31 and two nights of full rodeo events on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 put on by Duckworth Rodeo Productions.

The fair will also include youth livestock shows as well as open class and 4-H exhibits.

Full details for the modified fair will be available online at www.waynecofair.com or can be found on the Wayne County Fair, Corydon, Iowa Facebook page.


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