Uptick of Delta variant leads Fair Association to modify festival

The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will return this fall, but with fewer attractions and events, organizers said.

Nine events will not be returning until 2022, including the parade, junior royalty pageants, Senior Citizen’s Day, Student Fun Day, Diaper Derby, Exceptional Rodeo, pet show, Stick Horse Rodeo, and children’s tractor pull due to the recommendations of county officials and the recent uptick of the delta variant of COVID-19.

“The Fair being a county facility and in order for us to have our fair, these were the recommendations that allows us to move forward,” Fort Bend County Fair Association’s Fair President Brian Graeber explained.

Several safety measures to mitigate COVID will be in place, he said. Extra hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available.

Most of the fair’s event are outdoors in over 80-plus acres.

Certain indoor county owned buildings will have recommendations for facial coverings. Additional protocols will be implemented for other attractions throughout the fairgrounds.

“The Fair board, committees, and staff are on full throttle, getting ready for the Fair’s 10-day run,” Graeber said. “Livestock shows, live concerts, shopping and food vendors, rodeo action, and the carnival will be up and running on opening day.”

The fair will run from Friday, Sept. 24 through Oct. Tickets are on sale now or for more information, go to fortbendcountyfair.com.

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