Sioux Empire Fair plans to go ahead as scheduled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. ( — Sioux Empire Fair organizers are working to put on the fair as scheduled this year despite concerns about COVID-19.

“We’re trying to give people more space and hand washing stations, but we are moving ahead with planning,” fair marketing director Courtney Drenth said on KELO Radio’s It’s Your Agri-Business.

Drenth said workers will do their best to help fairgoers keep their distance, but things like rides and live music are still scheduled to go on.

“We have a wide-open fairgrounds, which is helpful with that,” she said.

The virus is threatening state fairs around the country. Minnesota canceled its state fair on Friday, the first time the fair was called off since 1946.

“I know some fairs who have had to unfortunately cancel; they went online for certain things,” Drenth said. “I think every business and every event is being creative this year.”

The Sioux Empire Fair is scheduled to run from July 31 to August 8.