St. Clair County, MI — For 82 years the St Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair has brought fun, excitement and entertainment to the St Clair County area. Each year the fair attracts over 100,000 people to the event held at Goodells County Park.
The fair will still be held this year, but rather than enjoying the spacious grounds at Goodells County Park, the event will now be held virtually. Young people will still show their projects and animals, have them judged, and livestock will still be sold. Government restrictions have forced this move.
“It was a difficult decision for our board. It certainly saddens us not being able to meet up this year, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the fair. Our hearts go out to our exhibitors who look forward to the fair as one of the highlights of their year.” said Fair President Rob Usakowski
Governor Whitmer’s Reopening Michigan Plan does not list measurable criteria, which makes it difficult for fairs to assess the likelihood of putting on such events. Combined with the fact that St Clair County is grouped in a region with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, it was even less likely that the fair could have proceeded as a live event.
“Its been difficult planning for this year. We basically planned for two events, one live and one virtual, while researching every possible means of conducting some sort of hybrid cross between, live and virtual. Our goal is to make the fair the best event possible event for our exhibitors whether its live or virtual. It certainly won’t be the same experience, but we hope to make it as enjoyable as possible” Usakowski added.
The fair has already set its dates for 2021. It will be held July 19-24, 2021.