Umatilla County Fair works toward a modified event

UMATILLA COUNTY – Umatilla County Fair Coordinator Angie McNalley has announced work is underway on a scaled-down version of the fair to be held in August. All of it is contingent to the COVID-19 status at the time. The concerts, contests, carnival, parade and other fair activities that bring large crowds together have been postponed until 2021.

The emphasis for this year is on the children who participate. McNalley reports that discussions are underway with local and state 4H and FFA leaders. Meanwhile, the Umatilla County Fair Board is urging its sponsors to stay the course, as their support is a financial imperative.

Logistics are still being worked out on a fair that will allow young people to exhibit their projects and show and sell their market animals. A subcommittee has been formed to find ways to use available technology to support the young people while staying in compliance with COVID-19 orders from Gov. Kate Brown. “We ask for your patience, confidence and your support,” McNalley wrote in a prepared release. “The August event cannot happen without the continued unification of our communities and the necessary support from our loyal sponsors.”