‘Full-fledged’ 2021 Vigo County Fair planned

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After having a condensed event last year, the Vigo County Fair will return to normal in 2021.

“So thankfully, I think we’re over the hump,” Jenny Hamilton, Vigo County Fair events and marketing coordinator, said Wednesday. “And we are planning a full-fledged 2021 Vigo County Fair.”

Hamilton said that the local health department has already given the okay to proceed. Fair officials will encourage social distancing, and anyone who wants to wear a mask will be encouraged to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will also be set up around the fairgrounds.

“But for the most part, we are ready to roll,” she said.

Terre Haute Savings Bank has stepped up as the title sponsor for the fair.

Bank president Bart Colwell said the Vigo County Fairgrounds is important for quality of life in the county.

“It’s really a diamond in the rough,” he said. “And now we have an opportunity to make an investment here.”

The bank signed on for a three year agreement to sponsor the fair with the opportunity to renew it in the future.

“I think that underscores our commitment as a community bank to our community,” he said.

He noted that the fairgrounds is used year-round.

“I think that’s a pretty well-kept secret as well,” he said. “This fairgrounds is used almost 12 months out of the year. So, we’re glad to be a part of that.”

Hamilton said sponsorships, especially the title sponsorship, are what allow the community to enjoy a full weeklong fair.

“There’s lots of expenses that go along with running a fairgrounds, let alone a whole weeklong event,” she said. “With [the bank] sponsorship and others just gives us the opportunity to be able to broaden what we want to do and bring in acts and different events that we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to bring in.”

This year’s fair will be held July 10 through the 17.

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