EAST MOLINE, Illinois (May 2020) — Earlier this month, the Rock Island County Fair Board voted to cancel the 2020 Rock Island County Fair, originally scheduled for July 14-18.

“This decision was made for the health and safety of our fairgoers, exhibitors, participants, volunteers, staff and animals. It was not made lightly,” said Gin Wray, fair manager. “We are devastated to cancel a family-fun event that has taken place in our community for 150 years but look forward to using this as an opportunity to strengthen our offerings for the 2021 RICO Fair.”

Last year marked the official 150th celebration of the Rock Island County Fair. Despite the excessive heat, fairgoers were still able to enjoy the full lineup of events, which included a free family day, livestock competitions, a fireworks show, motorsports, all-new carnival offerings and more. The community was even invited to participate in a Name the Baby Calf contest, voting on names for the first-born male and female calves during the fair.

“We knew that at least a few would be born during the fair, but the excitement just kept coming and we ended up with eight calves!” Wray said. “We’re pleased to offer everyone in our community the opportunity to learn about the challenges and benefits of farming and agriculture, and our Calf Corner is a great way to engage with even the littlest farmers.”

The Rock Island County Fair is expected to resume in July 2021. For additional announcements and more information, visit www.rockislandfair.org or follow @ricofair on Facebook.


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