The Mississippi Valley Fair will go on, albeit in a stripped back fashion minus all of their big-name Grandstand Acts, Aug. 4-9 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust, Davenport, event representative Shawn Loter announced in a live press conference broadcast on Facebook Monday night.

The move to downsize is a different one from those taken by most other area events. The majority of local performance venues and events have decided to go virtual, including the Walcott Truckers Jamboree being held online July 9-11 and the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival, being held online July 31 and Aug. 1.

The announcement was made at 5:15 today on the Mississippi Valley Fair Facebook page and was shared live on the Facebook page. You can hear the full press conference along with commentary on the latest episode of our podcast, QCUncut.

The event was originally slated Aug. 4-9 with a huge Grandstand slate — acts booked included Locash on Tuesday, Keith Urban on Wednesday, Shinedown on Thursday, Old Dominion on Friday, Pitbull on Saturday and Craig Morgan on Sunday. None of those acts will perform this year, and the only live acts will be local bands, Loter said. All of those acts are being pursued and hopefully booked for the 2021 fair, he added.

Fun Cards can be held onto for use at next year’s fair, or can be bought for next year’s fair at the $75 price tag. No fun cards will be sold for this year’s fair, only general admission will be charged. That will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12 and free for kids 3-and-under.

Refunds will be given if desired for previously purchased fun cards. More information will be forthcoming July 1, with additional announcements July 15. For more information and ongoing details, see the event’s website.

Social distancing protocols, including the wearing of masks, will be asked to be followed but not overtly enforced, Loter said.

“We’re working with the health department to come up with the best plan possible,” Loter said. “We want everyone to be healthy, we want your family to be healthy.”

For more information and ongoing details, see the event’s website.


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