The safety and health of all visitors and employees at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds is our top priority.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we want to be proactive and inform you of the precautions we’re taking to ensure the 2020 fair can be a safe and enjoyable event.

By re-envisioning a scaled-down community fair, we will transform from a fair that generally has a daily attendance of 6,000 down to 3,000. Our vast, 84-acre fairground camps allows us to reposition and relocate events and attractions to provide more than sufficient space for recommended social distancing practices.

In order to ensure our Great Mississippi Valley Fair is a safe, healthy, family-friendly event, we ask attendees to:

  • Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth
  • Limit touch points
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Frequently wash and/or sanitize hands
  • Stay home if you’re experiencing symptoms, including a fever or cough

For more information about protecting yourself from coronavirus, please review information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

FAQ

Will there be any big name grandstand concerts?

There will be no large grandstand concerts in 2020. Our popular concerts draw big crowds. Eliminating the grandstand concerts will reduce our overall attendance and allow us to better promote social distancing.

Will local bands be performing? 

Not only will fairgoers be able to listen to local bands, but the bands themselves will be able to perform on our biggest stage. Local bands will perform in the grandstand. The grandstand has a seating capacity of 6,000, which will allow plenty of space for those attending the performance to practice social distancing.

Will the fair host special gate admission days?

There will be no special gate admissions at the fair this year. Our popular special days traditionally drew large crowds. We’re not hosting special gate adminission days in order to prevent a large attendance influx on any given day as well as to protect those who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

What can be expected in the carnival area?

Our carnival area will be expanded in order to allow for extra social distancing space. Special promotions for All Day Rides will not be offered.

How will you handle competitions that draw large crowds?

Competitions where large attendance numbers would typically be expected will be relocated to our newly renovated 22,500 and 30,000 square foot buildings. There will be limits placed on the number of individuals allowed in the building based on capacity regulations.

What procedures will be in place for ticketing, food handling, and sanitation?

The Mississippi Valley Fair will follow CDC guidelines as implemented at other national events.

Will outdoor events like the tractor parade and rodeo be relocated?

Yes, outdoor events and competitions, including the tractor parade and rodeo, will be relocated to the grandstand in order to avoid any large gatherings in smaller spaces.

Will changes be made to educational displays?

Educational displays in our building will be reconfigured to allow for spacing and flower patterns as recommended by the CDC.

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