Clarion County Fair is a go

There will be a fair in Clarion County this year.

After a meeting of the fair board on Tuesday night, it was determined to conduct a limited fair at Redbank Valley Municipal Park.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan, a member of the fair board, said that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fair would run only for four days: Wednesday, July 29 ,through Saturday, Aug. 1.

Some of the usual attractions will be absent. Tharan said the fair’s carnival company, Tropical Amusements, canceled several weeks ago.

“All the amusement companies canceled this year,” Tharan said. “They would have had to disinfect the rides after every use, and with social distancing it made it hard for them to make any money.”

He said the fair is working with local fire departments and other organizations to set up an old-fashioned midway, featuring games, a dunking booth and more.

Tharan said the traditional fair food will be available, but social distancing rules will be enforced.

“There will be plenty to eat,” he said.

Entertainment during the fair’s first night will feature an oldies band, Reminisce. The attraction for the second night will be the Derby Dawgs compact car demolition derby.

The third day of the fair will feature a tractor pull. Events for the fair’s final day will start earlier and feature the full-size car, pickup truck and minivan demolition derby.

Tharan said it was uncertain if the 4-H would be attending.

“They still have a couple of days to decide.” he said.