Wyoming State Fair officials still planning for 2020 event

Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 7:12 PM CDT
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Wyoming State Fair organizers plan to host the 2020 event but with new guidelines to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we started the health and safety plan for the 2020 Wyoming State Fair, we started dissecting everything that makes up the entirety of a great fair and looking at those individual challenges and addressing each one of them by hand,” Wyoming State Fair General Manager Courtny Conkle said.

She said officials are devising a health plan larger than 45 pages.

It will include guidance to staff and ways to keep social distancing.

Staff will also undergo new COVID-19 training.

She also says the fair will provide free personal protective equipment to attendees, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

Carnival rides may also be adjusted to meet social distancing guidelines.

“We’re learning a lot and asking ourselves a lot of questions that we never thought we’d really have to but, I say it a lot, the fair industry and the carnival sector is really adaptive and really resilient,” Conkle said.

She said the fairgrounds are large enough to hold a fair without capacity restrictions except possibly in the grandstand.

The Wyoming State Fair is currently scheduled for Aug. 11-15 in Douglas.

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