The following is the motion that was voted on at the commissioners meeting on 5/18/2020:
The carnival, outside exhibits and entertainment will be canceled. No fairground buildings will be open to the general public and no food stands. 4-H judging will continue with a Show and Go from trailers and static entries will be able to be judged from the 4-H Building with set times to be judged. The Commission also encourages the public and 4-H youth members to make private sales of their 4-H animals. The only open class show will be the Horse Show. Porta potties and hand washing stations will be highly recommended due to all buildings being closed. This will also be dependent on what the State of Kansas does in regards to
2020 Fair Changes
While the fair book should still be your guide for class rules there are many things that have changed for the 2020 fair due to Covid-19. This document outlines those changes that may not be outlined in the fair book. See these changes below:
Things that will not happen at the Russell County Free Fair for 2020:
-ALL Open Class (The open class horse show has been cancelled as of 6-17-20)
-Beef Ultrasound Contest
-Animals will be brought in only on the day of the show. They will be weighed in, shown, and then leave the fairgrounds.
-Wash racks will be available for use, HOWEVER it is strongly encouarged that you do as much prep work as possible at home before bringing the animals to the fairgrounds. Wash racks should be used for touch-ups only.
-No electricity will be available. If you feel you will need electricity, you should plan to bring your own generator.
-Show Schedule will be:
-Tuesday, July 21st 6:00pm: Goat, Sheep, Shepherd’s Lead Show (weigh in at 4:00)
-Wednesday, July 22nd 8:30am: Swine Show (weigh in at 8:00)
-Wednesday, July 22nd 6:30pm: Bucket Calf/Beef Show (weigh in 2:00-4:00)
-Animals must be off fairgrounds no later than an hour after the show’s completion.
Static Entry Changes:
-4-Her’s will sign up for a specific time for consultation judging (an email will be sent to each division with a sign up link)
-Exhibits will be brought in at the time of judging and then leave (with the exception of those in the running for Reserve/Grand Champion Award).
-No exhibits will be on display.
-The fair board is still working out the details on if and how a sale will work.
Something For Everyone
We are located in Russell, KS, just off Interstate 70 between Hays and Salina. The Russell County Fair, reminiscent of the “good old days”, gives the community an opportunity to show off everything from quilts to livestock. If you are a life long resident of the area or just traveling through stop in to see the sights and join the fun. Check out the exciting Russell County Fair attractions scheduled for this year.
Plenty To See and Do
The 4-H Building will be full of exhibits and displays. While there are to many to list here, some of the favorites are cooking, quilting, produce, arts & crafts, woodworking and of course our “Wheat Showcase”. All these events at the Russell County Free Fair will probably make you hungry so, take time to enjoy the food vendors or the 4-H Food Stand.
4-H is a big part of the Russell County Free Fair and we’ll have plenty of 4-H activities. Make time to watch the horse, sheep, hog, or beef shows. These animals will also be on display during fair week along with rabbits, chickens, turkeys, maybe even a duck. 4-H livestock will end the 4-H’ers Russell County Free Fair with the Livestock Auction on Friday night.
Come out and enjoy the Russell County Fair!