In-person Kittitas County Fair canceled due to state COVID-19 restrictions


Nicholas Tucker

A 4-H boy smiles at the crowd bidding on his market goat at the 2019 Kittitas County Fair.

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

In light of new restrictions from Gov. Jay Inslee, the Kittitas County Fair’s in-person events have been canceled this year according to a press release from the Kittitas County Event Center.

Inslee announced new restrictions on gathering sizes on July 16. These restrictions state that in counties that have entered phase three of his phased reopening plan, like Kittitas County, people may now only gather with up to ten people outside their household per week. In phase two and modified phase one counties, the limit remains at five people per week. 

“It’s just too dangerous to be gathering in large groups right now, even in Phase 3 counties,” Inslee said on Twitter.

The County Event Center said it has been working on a modified fair opening since March, but these new restrictions mean it can’t move forward. 

“Yesterday’s State wide announcement from the Governor’s office, with changes to phase 3 directly impacted our County and has re-directed our options for fair,” the press release says. “We are however, continuing to adjust and work to provide opportunities to our community.“

Virtual opportunities to enjoy certain aspects of the fair are still being worked on, according to the press release. These virtual opportunities will allow exhibitors to display projects online, an online show and sale for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) fairgoers and an online livestock sale.

For updates on the Kittitas County Fair, information can be found on the Kittitas County Fair Facebook page and their website.