The Walworth County Fair and Ribfest have been canceled.
This action was taken due to concerns about the coronavirus. Organizers were concerned about the number of visitors who would attend from other areas and states that have a much higher infection rate than Wisconsin. Originally, organizers redesigned the events to make them as safe as possible, including going cashless, spacing apart vendors and rides, moving events outdoors, and leaving extra room for social distancing. Just last month the fair board applied for a liquor license to sell beer and wine for the first time in fair history. After a long discussion and hearing opinions on both sides, the liquor license was approved, and history was made. The fair organizers were excited to make up for lost revenue due to the coronavirus and canceling many of their big events and concerts.
Then history was made again when the fair was canceled for the first time in 171 years. Junior exhibits featuring children that have worked hard on their projects such as; livestock, gardening, photography, woodworking, and arts and crafts will still take place at the fairgrounds. The meat and fur and feather sales will also still take place. The details regarding those events are still being worked out at this time and the GSR will publish that information as soon as the newspaper is in possession of it.
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Walworth County National Night Out.
The organization backing this function is celebrating differently this year, with a parade of lights on Tuesday, August 4th. Since the communities can’t assemble at the fairgrounds the National Night Out is coming to the people in a different way. Everyone is invited to come to watch the many emergency vehicles, tow trucks, SWAT vehicles, and much more using the parade as a venue. The parade will start in East Troy on the square at 3:30 p.m. and end around 8:15 p.m. at the Elkhorn High School, with a drive-in movie. Space is limited and open to the first 80 vehicles. Social distancing will be practiced and everyone in attendance is asked to stay in vehicles. A full list of times and stops can be found on Facebook on the “National Night Out-Walworth County” page.