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.