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Brown County Fair Board Unanimous: Not Safe to Hold Fair in August

In tonight’s dose of common sense, all 23 members of the Brown County Fair Board have recommended that Brown County cancel its Fair this year to prevent worsening the coronavirus pandemic. Feeding a quarter million people corn dogs and funnel cakes for a week isn’t healthy to start with; Fair Board president Tom Paepke says his board agrees with county emergency management director Scott Meints that coronavirus makes the health risk too great to run a normal Fair in August:

We’ve looked at all the reports from the county emergency management. he was at our meeting last week. He said, there’s no way I can see where you guys can hold the fair safely. And that was a big concern to the Fair Board. Plus like I said, all the committees have met, tried to come up with a way to go forward in their area, and we just couldn’t find a way to move forward safely [Tom Paepke, from audio, in “Fair Board Recommends Postponing Fair; Commission Takes No Action,” Hub City Radio, 2020.06.09].

According to Elisa Sand of the Aberdeen American News, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has cancelled and carnival traveling schedules have been disrupted by cancellations elsewhere. The Brown County Commission put off a final decision until at least next week, suggesting that maybe we can come up with some smaller alternative events to hold instead of the Fair.

I’ve got an idea: maybe the county should book Donald Trump to come do his insult-comic routine. Trumpists are the target market most likely to put entertainment above science and public health… and I’ll bet Trump would eat a lot of corn dogs.

Related Summer Disappointment [update 18:46 CDT]: Prairie Village has called off is 2020 Steam Threshing Jamboree. Lake County’s top tourism event was scheduled for August 27–30, two weeks after the Brown County Fair. Manager Faron Wahl said that, even if visitors were willing to show up, coronavirus is driving away volunteers at a time when running a safe public event would require more volunteers than usual.


  1. grudznick 2020-06-09 18:13

    This is great news.

    My old friend Bill might not agree. He used to travel with the carnival shows. grudznick says any venue that hosts carnies and the Nitty Gritty Dirt band needs to be shut down indefinitely.

  2. Debbo 2020-06-09 18:23

    It’s too bad for the 4-H members, but better that they should not infect and kill their grandparents. That makes for tense family reunions.

    Good decision by Brown County.

  3. mike from iowa 2020-06-09 19:15

    Just as a reminder…., drumpf body count


  4. jerry 2020-06-09 19:32

    116,516 military deaths in World War One. We are gonna surpass World War One very shortly and then we will head past World War 2, but Brown County is not gonna be a supplier of the deaths from being stupid. Good for those county commissioners for voting to save lives.

  5. T 2020-06-09 21:10

    Our county went back to normal and rumors are neighboring colony has it…,,people went back to “normal” nor we maybe as bad has brown or Huron area if true. And our governor is blaming media coverage……go figure if true the two counties over here could have a lot of sick peopke walkn* around

  6. grudznick 2020-06-09 22:20

    Yes. Lockdown is now mandatory. The Libbie patrols will prowl the streets in 4-cylinder Japanese cars, waving signs at those who defy the lockdown or who eat broasted chicken in public.

  7. o 2020-06-10 15:43

    grudznick, if a fair would choose to go forward during a pandemic, and enforce NO libby social-distancing or mask-wearing, what would their legal liability be if/when an outbreak is traced back to that event? Does an event (or business) have any legal responsibility to ensure the safety of its patrons?

    If I get food poisoning from eating your restaurant’s undercooked chicken, you have responsibility for that. How about if I get coved-19 from your unclean tables or communal, sausage-gravy bar?

  8. grudznick 2020-06-10 17:31

    Mr. o, there will be suing going on left and right and mostly left and alt-left very soon now. A very, very large amount of suing. Mark down the words of grudznick and mark them as wise.

  9. Caleb 2020-06-10 20:05

    grudznick, I have yet to read anything from you suggesting you approached any issue from more than one angle. I don’t trust you know what “wisdom” means, but I’ll mark your words nonetheless. Don’t take that as me believing you, though.

  10. grudznick 2020-06-10 20:26

    You are indeed wise, Mr. Caleb.

  11. Caleb 2020-06-10 21:06

    grudznick, I don’t care if I am or not, but you’re so confusing you’re charming.

  12. Donald Pay 2020-06-11 08:53

    You have to understand that most of what Grudz writes is quatsch.

  13. bearcreekbat 2020-06-11 09:53

    You go Donald!

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