As restrictions continued to ease in Virginia over the summer, plans to hold the Halifax County Fair in October picked up.
A tentative date has been set for Oct. 6-10 and Todd Moser, one of the organizers, hopes to give the public something to look forward to.
“As of right now, it’s not set in stone,” he warned.
Planning for the fair typically starts in February for Moser and delegate James Edmunds so when businesses started to shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planning came to a halt.
But, as Virginia entered Phase Three of its reopening plan, things began moving again.
Moser started calling around to different vendors such as Coles Entrainment, who provides the rides, bands and others to see where things stand, and he believes if COVID-19 numbers trend in the right direction, they could pull off a lighter version of the fair.
“We would like to have it,” he said.
Prices also would be lowered this year with the gate fee being $5 for those 4 and older. Times are tentatively set for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Organizers of the fair also have teamed up with members of the Heritage Festival committee, local bands and other community leaders to see what they could come up with for this year’s fair.
The Hertiage Festival committee plans to run the Grist Mill, located at the Heritage Park behind the exhibit hall, during the fair to give the public a chance to see how corn meal is made.
Moser also said they plan to provide other vendors throughout the fairgrounds that are normally seen at the Heritage Festival.
The festival is usually held in May, but was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Over the past few months, fair organizers also have released their exhibit hall category and prize list and are encouraging the public to participate.
Included in the fair’s contests this year is a largest pumpkin contest with the largest pumpkin grower receiving $25. Pumpkins will be judged by weight.
Moser said they plan to have traditional fair foods including the Flying Pigs Barbecue and the ever-popular Cinnamon Bun man.
As far as music, 11 local bands have showed interest in playing.
A quarter-scale tractor pull also is being planned for noon Saturday.
Coles Entertainment hopes to be able to bring some rides, but Moser said they will be spaced out and sanitized between each use.
While organizers admit the fair will look different this year, they hope they’re able to provide a “fun, family-oriented, wholesome” time for the public to give them a “little relief.”
“Hopefully we will be able to have the fair safely to give everyone a little bit of fun, and give them a chance to feel a little back to normal,” Moser concluded.
More information about the upcoming fair can be found on their website, www.halifaxcountyfair.com, or on Facebook at Halifax County Fair VA.