The popular Coombs Fair will be held on Aug. 7-8 at the Coombs Fairgrounds.
The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association, which organizes the annual event, has received the green light from health authorities. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
Past president Don Alberg said they’re looking forward to holding the fair again, as last year they had to hold it virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This year, Alberg said, the fair will have some modifications to make sure COVID-19 protocols are followed and also due to the short time organizing the event.
“Our preparation time, we had to step up the pace a bit,” said Alberg. “But we’re going to have several vendors and farmers market, as well as fun stuff for kids.”
This year, which will be the year of the chicken, the fair will have a reduced 4-H exhibition and participation said Alberg.
“We’re only going to have 4-H members from this district as we just didn’t have enough time to put everything together,” said Alberg.
The bouncy castle will be there for the children along with live music, chicken and duck races, nail-driving competition, horseshow demonstration, exhibits, demonstrations, some educational components and 50/50 draws. The antique trucks will also be on display.
“We will not have as many food vendors as we have had in the past as we still have to follow COVID protocols,” said Alberg. “The fair concession will be open but will sell mostly packaged foods rather than the regular stuff like hamburgers and hotdogs.”
Alberg said they also had to get a core of volunteers to help out in a hurry.
COVID-19 protocols will be enforced said Alberg. There will be one entry and one exit inside the buildings and in some areas as well as sanitizing and washing stations all over the place.
As for the number of people allowed to enter, Alberg said in the past, the two-day event attracts approximately 10,000 people. He is not expecting to reach maximum capacity this time.
“We are following the COVID-19 safety protocols,” said Alberg. “It’s all coming together. Doing the virtual thing last year was totally new to us so we’re happy to be doing this. Everybody is pretty anxious to get out.”
The event is also an important fundraiser for the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association as its main source of income comes from rentals of their facilities, which was impacted by the pandemic.