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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mississippi Valley Fair will follow CDC guidelines as implemented at other national events.
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.
Educational displays in our building will be reconfigured to allow for spacing and flower patterns as recommended by the CDC.