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Critters, kids and contests: Fair returns with social distancing and safety plans

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 After a hiatus for COVID last year, the Carter County Fair is back, with rides, exhibits, performances, and the popular Fair-i-o-ke karaoke – and additional precautions. 

“We’ve spread things out,” fair board member Jill York explained as fair board members worked on the grounds last week. 

They’re keeping rides farther apart for easier social distancing. They’re also moving the motocross further down, to a new track, and using the old motocross track for other races so they can keep those fans spread out between events. While masking won’t be required, they are asking folks to respect social distancing, and all fair staff will be wearing masks. 

They’re also avoiding the entrance congestion by collecting admission while people are still in their vehicles, as they enter. 

York thinks they should be able to put on a safe event without impacting it too much. Many of the changes that have been made actually improve the fair experience. Foot operated hand washing stations and hand sanitation stations, for instance, will be situated around the fair and at all porta-potty locations. 

The Fair-i-o-ke event was one area where they had some serious concerns as well, with everyone sharing a microphone. But, York explained, the work around there was fairly simple. In addition to sanitizing the microphones between performers, she said, “Everyone gets their own foam cover.”

After the event they can keep it or trash it, whatever they like, she explained. During the event it adds another layer of protection on top of the sanitation wipes between uses. 

On top of the perennial events, the fair is bringing two new shows to the fair this year. On Thursday, FTC Wrestling will present “Carter County Collision” at the fairground, with the show kicking off at 7 p.m. 

The other new event is the Dino-Roar show. Today (Wednesday) is the last day to catch that, with shows featuring large dinosaurs at 6, 7:30, and 9 

p.m. In addition to the Dino-Roar show, performers will be walking around the fair with “baby dinosaurs” throughout the day. 

Fair-i-o-ke is on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Demolition derby on Saturday at 8 p.m. and other motor events and contests throughout the day. 

For a full list of events and times see the Carter County Fair schedule below. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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