BROOKVILLE — Although the 2020 Jefferson County Fair has been canceled, the Jefferson County Fair Authority is still busy preparing for many activities that have been rescheduled after being postponed earlier in the year.

One of those activities was the fair’s Spring Fling, held the first Saturday in May as a fundraiser for events at the fair. Like many of the events scheduled for the spring months, the Spring Fling had to be canceled as a result of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

The event has been renamed and rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The Fall Harvest Fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m., with doors to open at 5 p.m. Tickets purchased for the May 2 Spring Fling will be honored.

Other activities which have been rescheduled include:

  • Brookville Volunteer Fire Department gun raffle in the exhibit buildings — August 22, postponed from March 28.
  • Senior citizens picnic sponsored by the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging — tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 17, postponed from July 21 during the fair.
  • Brookville Relay for Life craft show — October 3, postponed from March 21.

Other activities currently scheduled at the fairgrounds are listed on the fair’s webpage,

Drainage systemDuring the board’s monthly meeting on July 1, a lengthy discussion was held on the installation of a drainage system across much of the fairgrounds.

Jeff McMaster, chairman of the buildings and grounds committee, said, “There are so many different elevations” on the fairgrounds “and it’s amazing how many different directions the water comes from.”

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McMaster reported that he has met with several contractors to determine the amount of work needed to be done and costs involved. The board is looking at several options, with more discussion to be held.

In anticipation of completing the project, the board submitted an application for a 2021 capital improvement grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for the purpose of redirecting water from the main road with proper drainage, and to repair the road.

2021 Fair

Looking ahead to other 2021 activities, the board set the week of July 18 to 24 as the date for next year’s fair.

Board members reported they have been in contact with vendors and acts that had been scheduled for this year’s fair, and all have asked that their deposits be rolled over for next year’s fair.

In other action:

  • the board continued its discussion of requiring all horses coming onto the fairgrounds to have a current Coggins test.
  • discussion was held on the upcoming youth livestock show and sale. Board member Stefany Alexander reported that the number of entries is down, “but multiple buyers have shown an interest” in attending the sale. The board also discussed appropriate gifts for the event.
  • a report was given on the recent Monsters of Rock charity concert which presented only minor problems.

The next meeting of the finance committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. The next meeting of the Jefferson County Fair Authority will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 5. Both meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held in the Jefferson County Conservation Center.

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