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Vital to rural Iowa, county and regional fairs imperiled by coronavirus pandemic

Vital to rural Iowa, county and regional fairs imperiled by coronavirus pandemic

Jeremy Parsons has a daily reminder of the importance of county fairs in Iowa.

Parsons, the CEO and manager of the Clay County Fair, walks every day by a giant picture of the event in 2011. The aerial shot from that first Sunday in Spencer shows a picture-perfect sunny day, with the parking lots full and crowds strolling the fairgrounds and enjoying what's billed as the "World's greatest county fair."

“It’s a reminder of what we do is important,” Parsons said. “The fair, our fair, any fair, is one of the few places I think in the world where a whole family can come together and see something that interests them.

"One might care about livestock. Or one might care about shopping. Or a child might be here just to ride the rides. But yet, there’s something here for everybody and all of those memories they can make together. And I think that’s what’s so powerful.”

Read the full article on the Des Moines Register website.

 



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