COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today announced that a plan to help Ohio’s county and independent fairs safely open received approval this week from the state’s Controlling Board.
Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), along with Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Speaker Larry Householder recently announced a plan to allow fairs to safely open and operate this summer. The Controlling Board approved $4.7 million in funding on Monday to help ensure that fairs can continue this summer. Each fair that conducts a junior fair will receive $50,000 to be used for costs to conduct the fair in a safe manner consistent with COVID-19 health guidelines. Fairs that do not conduct a junior fair can still receive $15,000 to be used for next year’s fair.
"I am excited to attend the Pickaway County Fair next week and other county fairs this summer," Peterson said. "While this year’s fairs may be different than in the past, friends and memories will still be made. I was proud to support funding for county fairs; they have been and will continue to be an important part of my life."
“Ohio’s fairs showcase our vibrant agricultural communities and mark a year of hard work and preparation by so many of our young people involved in 4-H and FFA,” said President Obhof. “We worked hard to ensure that these events would go on this summer and that families could have a safe but fun experience across Ohio.”