Commissioners postpone fair; form working group to discuss other options

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – The Brown County Commission officially voted this morning to postpone this year’s Brown County Fair to next year based on an unanimous recommendation by the 23-member Brown County Fair Board, but also voted to explore other options.

The decision to postpone the fair did not come easy. There was much discussion that looked at everything from the safety of those involved to the financial impact presented by coronavirus.

Commissioner Duane Sutton said he understands why it was a difficult decision for all involved. He said he received feedback from people on both sides of the issue.

While the commission voted to postpone the fair, they also passed a motion to “authorize a working group to see what kind of community event we can have.”

There has already been at least one group that has had discussions of putting on a potential event.

There was a lot of discussion what that week in August would look like, from rental fees to carnival rides and food vendors to finding volunteers to staff the event. The working group will meet to see how to go about finding entities who would be interested in staging an event or providing assistance.

Sutton said that finding a volunteer base will be a crucial piece no matter what potential events will take place at the Brown County Fairgrounds.