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The dates for Ohio's 2021 fair season have been confirmed. Find them all here.

Fair boards can plan on having full fairs in Ohio this year, said Gov. Mike DeWine in a March 11 press conference.  “Based upon what we are seeing now, our anticipation is that we will be able to have full county fairs … this year,” DeWine said.

Ohio 4-H extension educators see two trends with 4-H’ers this year. Some are taking a year off or otherwise stepping back from the program, largely due to concerns about the pandemic. Others are doubling down, despite lingering uncertainties. 4-H leaders are continuing to work out details of the 2021 season, as enrollment deadlines approach.

Ohio legislators and organizations are urging Gov. Mike DeWine to take action on fairs for the 2021, before it’s too late for them to plan.

With a pandemic still in full swing, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill that would have reopened county fairs. Senate Bill 375, which would have voided a July public health order to restrict Ohio fairs to junior fairs only, passed the Ohio legislature in December with largely partisan votes and discussions.

A bill intended to update fair rules and help Ohio fairs work around budget challenges and update state law about fairs and amusement rides recently passed the state legislature.

Shortly after midnight Dec. 18, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 375, a bill that seeks to void a July 30 health order limiting fairs to junior fairs only.

Amid an intense election day and rising COVID-19 cases, two Ohio state senators introduced a bill seeking to overturn a July 30 health director order that limited fairs to junior fairs only.

Between the pandemic's impact on the 2020 fair season and on off-season event centers and other rentals, fairs have been hit hard this year.

The challenges of this year’s fair season have presented opportunities for some fairs, like the Carroll County Fair, to experiment, and to cast a wider net for junior fair support.