As you may already have heard the 2020 King County Fair has been cancelled. Yesterday, Rene Popke, General Manager of the Enumclaw Expo send out a letter (below) and press release
As the 4-H Program shares the disappointment in the cancellation, we harken back to the 4-H Pledge and reaffirm that Health is an essential element of 4-H. It is a priority to keep 4-H members, volunteers, families and the public safe during this time. We are looking for alternative ways to highlight the work that 4-H Members have put into their projects this year. We are hoping to showcase 4-H members in conjunction with the Enumclaw Pro Rodeo on August 27 – 30. This may be used as a qualifying event for the State 4-H Fair. We realize not every member will be able to attend, to that end we are working with each project to determine alternate qualifying events and methods. We will be sending out updated information about entry dates and schedules
As with any 4-H Activity, we are following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, State of Washington and Seattle King County Public Health Department. King County will need to be in Phase 4 of Washington’s phased reopening approach for the 4-H program to resume in full.
Here is Rene’s letter:
Hello all –
It is with great sadness that Enumclaw Expo and Event Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 King County Fair (Please see attached press release).
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Expo staff, we fully realize there are a number of kids that have put in an enormous amount of preparation and planning in anticipation of exhibiting at the King County Fair and then advance to the State Fair in September. We will continue to strive to achieve our mission of supporting 4-H activity, agricultural education, competitions, and bringing people together just as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Expect announcements in the next few weeks as to what that will look like in late August. In addition, the Jr. Livestock Market will remain on July 19, 2020. More information will come as these details come together. This is a great opportunity to help support our youth that have worked so hard in raising an animal for the Jr. Livestock Market and to support local farms.
Thank you all for your patience as we held on as long as we could to make this decision.
DID YOU KNOW? The King County Fair is the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln was president and Washington Territory was 26 years from statehood. It began as a simple celebration of agriculture and originally took place in Georgetown area south of Seattle. It moved to Renton around 1900 and then to Enumclaw after World War II. This summer would have celebrated 157 years!
General Manager | Enumclaw Expo Center
We know this is a difficult time and appreciate your understanding of the approach we are taking. Please watch for more updates and opportunities to participate. If you have questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
King County 4-H Staff:
WSU EXTENSION OFFICE – CLOSED Updated 4/2/2020
Your health and our staff’s health are our top priorities. Everyone in King County needs to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.WSU Extension King County has suspended in-person services and meetings at our office effective today. This closure will last until further notice. We are still in operation but doing our part to limit the community transmission of this disease.
if you would like to contact us, please call or email:·
Kevin Wright, County Director 206-263-1917 email@example.com
Nancy Baskett, 4-H Coordinator 206-263-1923 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Green, 4-H STEM Coordinator 206-263-1915 email@example.com
Anna Kitchin, SNAP-Ed Coordinator 206-263-1907 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will keep you updated as we reassess the situation. Many resources are available online: www.king.wsu.edu