Laramie County Fair experiences mixed results with COVID-19

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Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 5:37 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Laramie county fair will be concluding soon, with only one more day of events. COVID-19 has provided more hurdles for events like these, but Laramie county has used a familiar strategy to act against the virus.

“Last year was a lot different,” said Laramie County Fair and Events Manager Nicholle Watkins, ”and I think this year we just rolled with what we did last year. We got into that mindset and we knew how we needed to proceed, and it’s easy because it wasn’t just us. We’re not living off of those guidelines alone, it’s the entire world.”

The fair has been able to supply the community with many of their central attractions. The areas for kids to play, the animals, live events, and food were all present for the year, preserving the experience most are used to. They’ve experienced significant growth in their headcount of market animals, but that growth has been limited in human turnout.

“The amount of people that have been out to the fair has decreased a little bit, and I think that kind of speaks to the times that we’re living in. But it hasn’t decreased the amount of people that have entered into the fair, which is incredible.”

Their FFA sale begins tonight at 7 pm at the Hereford Ranch, and the fair will end tomorrow with their 4H sale, beginning at 10 am. For more information on the specific events on the final day of activities, visit their website.

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