MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Greater Gulf State Fair announced the 66th annual Fair will go on this year, but it will look different.
The Fair will be held November 6 – November 22, stretching 13 days to accommodate for a smaller capacity. Capacity will be capped at 7,000 people.
“Fortunately, we’ve only had a couple of times over our 10-day run, fortunately, we’ve only had a couple of times during our run each year that we max over that 7,000 at a time,” said Joshua Woods, Executive Director of the Greater Gulf State Fair.
Fair officials say it took months to decide whether or not this was even possible.
“There’s no better time in 2020, after all we’ve been through, we sat at the house for months at a time, we haven’t been able to go and do anything with our family,” said Woods.
There will be a number of safety precautions in place to make sure guests are healthy and safe.
Some of the precautions the Greater Gulf State Fair has in place are a clean team to ensure constant sanitation is maintained and masks will be required everywhere, even on the rides.
“The rides will be sanitized, you’ll be spaced out, won’t be packed into a ride,” said Woods.
Indoor events will not be held this year. There also will be no Grandstand or petting zoo this year, they are still figuring out how to hold some of the ag shows. “Agriculture is a big component of any fair, so we definitely want to do what we can to try and facilitate that if at all possible,” said Woods.
You can see more of their plans here. The Fair has also developed an app this year for real-time fair updates.