COVID-19 guidelines, sanitation top of mind ahead of weekend fairs in Terre Haute


VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — COVID-19 may still be a reality in the Vigo County, but event organizers of Summerfest 2020 won’t let it stop the fun.

“We want to put everyone’s mind at ease and come out and join us,” said Andrew Schoendienst of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides.

“Starting July 10, visitors can take part in Summerfest 2020 at Fairbanks Park and Luehrs’ Ideal Rides is making sure safety is first.

“There will be things at a smaller capacity at times and you’ll see a lot of wiping off, a lot of cleaning. We have a special sanitation crew that goes ride to ride,” Schoendienst said.

Signage will be all throughout the fair, hand sanitizer will also be on hand and workers will wear masks.

Those who work Summerfest will also have their temperatures checked and will wear gloves.

Patrons will have certain blocks in time where they can get on rides. They are also encouraged to bring chairs.

In addition to Summerfest, preparations are underway for a ‘ride-free’ weekend of events at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

The events include a tractor pull, concert, race at the action track, and fair food.

“We’re still at 50 percent capacity according to the governor’s guidelines. but as far as the fairgrounds is concerned because we are so big, we’re probably looking at a couple thousand people,” said Jenny Hamilton of the Vigo County Fair Association.

Both organizers sais with a big amount of people expected to show up, they’re making sure COVID-19 guidelines come first.

“We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t know it was safe,” said Schoendienst.

Summerfest runs until July 18 and the Vigo County Fair will be July 10-12.

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