OTTAWA — A decision on whether to hold the Putnam County Fair has been pushed back until Friday.
The fair board is still awaiting word from Gov. Mike DeWine on whether fairs can be held.
Unless the Ohio Department Health lifts prohibitions on fairs by Friday, organizers say the Putnam County Fair will be canceled.
“We’re waiting, hoping like crazy that orders come out before the meeting Friday,” said Nathan Meyer, fair board president. “As of right now, unless the governor changes or the health department changes that, there’s no fair.”
Officials had hoped to hold a modified fair and had purchased items to help with holding one.
“I think we’ve got around $1,200 worth of hand sanitizer that just shows up today,” Meyer said.
There’s also other things they must do in a short amount of time even if the governor gives the approval to hold fairs.
“We have to put in automatic faucets, automatic paper towel and automatic soap dispensers, the stuff we have to do just to have a fair. There goes our profits but we’re going to get together Friday and look at the numbers one more time and decide,” Meyer said.
The fair is scheduled for June 22-27, leaving very little time for a decision to be made.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Junior Fair Building at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
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