LIMA — The Allen County fair board officially postponed the Aug. 22 concert with Brad Paisley during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Paisley did agree to perform at the fair on Aug. 21, 2021.
Due to Ohio Health Department rules on gatherings of more than 2,500 people, holding the concert at the fair this year wasn’t going to be possible.
People who purchased tickets for this year’s show and want to use them for next year’s show should hang on to them.
For information on refunds, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the fair board office at 419-228-7141.
The board approved a refund policy where all of the money, including ticket surcharges, will be given back. The deadline to ask for refunds is set for Sept. 10.
The board also approved a three-year contract with Variety Attractions. It is the agency that books the big-name entertainment at the fair. It agreed to reduce its 2020 fee by 50%.
The board also approved hosting the Buckeye Power Production’s truck pull at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 in the grandstand. Pit passes are set at $10. General admission tickets are $5.
There will be five classes and an $800 purse in all of the classes.
Board members firmed up a number of loose ends as they prepare to hold the fair Aug. 21-29:
• The Allen County Fair Parade was canceled because Allen County Public Health would not issue a permit for the event.
• There won’t be a gospel tent this year.
• The corn hole tournament was canceled but will likely return next year.
• There are still questions about the cheerleading competition as only two teams had signed up as of Wednesday.
• For the high school marching band show, seven bands have committed.
• Seven food vendors and 11 commercial vendors that were at last year’s fair won’t be back this year. The merchant building will be between one-half and two-thirds full.
The fair board is planning for plenty of social distancing and purchased 2,000 masks and 84 gallons of bulk hand sanitizer.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.