Vigo County Fair to make full return after limited events in 2020 due to COVID-19

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After scaling back in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Vigo County Fair is set to make a comeback this weekend; the fair starts Saturday and ends July 17.

All of the typical attractions return for the fair this year, including carnival rides, fair foods, vendors and exhibits. Fair organizers said they are excited to welcome county residents back this year.

“I think this brings everyone back together,” Fairgrounds Manager Jenny Hamilton said. “Anyone can come and have fun and find something that they’re interested in at the county fair.”

Hamilton said she has heard other county fairs have seen great turnout this year and that she is hopeful Vigo County will see the same.

“Whether you love animals and you don’t get to see animals everyday,” Hamilton said. “Whether you love carnival food, everybody loves to eat so it’s a great way to come out here and enjoy the carnival foods once a year.”

Hamilton mentioned that animals are making a return to this year’s fair. The barns at the fairgrounds will be full once again and occupied by 4H animals with livestock shows during the day featuring rabbits, alpacas, horses, cows, pigs and more.

An exhibit hall will also be open featuring projects by 4H members. While 4H showcases were limited last year, Youth Development Coordinator Sarah Haag said they are looking forward to seeing everyone back this year.

“Just knowing how excited a lot of our families are, they spend the entire week here and really bond together,” Haag said. “Families and friends spend the whole week out here so I’m excited for them.”

The 4H barns along with the exhibits hall will open Sunday at noon.

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