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Marion County Fair begins with COVID-19 precautions in place

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PALMYRA, MO — ( WGEM) Going to the county fair in the summer is usually a fun family getaway, but with COVID-19 lingering many Tri-State fairs are canceled this summer.

However, the Marion County Fair in Palmyra, Missouri, is one of the few that is still going on.

Fair events, including the parade, kicked off on Saturday.

Car show overseer Mark Dodd is pleased this year's fair is still happening.

“It’s great to be able to have this. I mean there's been so many things canceled. We are so happy to have what we’ve had today.”

Mark Dodd | Car show overseer

Chairperson Michele Hopson said they had to make many adjustments to keep everyone safe.

“Some stuff here at the talent stage that we would’ve liked to have, but because of everything it's hard to social distance. Queens, when they are up there on a stage six feet apart trying to do an opening number and those kinds of things.”

Michele Hopson | Fair Chairperson

Hopson said she worked hard to make sure the fair would still go on despite the pandemic.

The Marion County Commission approved allocating grant money from the federal CARES Act for cleaning added precautions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Marion County Presiding Commissioner David Lomax said a little over $30,000 of CARES Act funds went to the county fair.

The money will pay for PPE, hand sanitizer and overnight fumigation of the grandstands.

“We wanted to make sure we had the gloves, the masks, the hand sanitizer, spray sanitizer. Being able to spray all the tables down. Any surface that anybody can touch. We wanted to make sure we were able to do that. And provide a safe environment for people to come out.”

Michele Hopson | Fair Chairperson

Steps taken to allow everyone to enjoy a summer tradition and stay safe and healthy.

The fair runs through August 8. The carnival begins August 4.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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