Jerome County Fairgrounds

Jerome County Fair COVID-19

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Closing Messersmith building, camping, large events, & fair office

After much consideration and consulting with numerous sources regarding Covid-19, the Jerome County Fair has determined that it is in the best interest of the community we will close the fair office and cancel all large events at the Jerome County Fairgrounds beginning on March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020. All large events that are scheduled will be rescheduled or refunded.  This is not something that was taken lightly but in an effort to “flatten the curve” of spread in our community and in the state, we feel that we needed to be proactive in our response. We encourage people to not panic. Let’s be proactive and mindful of our neighbors while maintaining good health practices.

What events will be effected by the closure?
Updated CDC guidelines recommend no gatherings of 50 or more people for public events for the next 8 weeks. All scheduled large events from March 17- April 6, 2020 have been canceled with an option to reschedule.  All April scheduled events have a possibility of being cancelled.  We will only allow small events that are 10 people or less in the building and Fairgrounds. We will have signs posted in the building and on the Fairgrounds recommending to follow good community distancing practices. Fair employees will be disinfecting the building at this time. Camping will be restricted to power hook ups only. Campers will have no shower and bathroom access. Campers and overnight horse stall payments must be made at the payment drop box in front of the Fair office. These measures will be updated as the situation evolves and are subject to change.

Why Was this Decision Made?
The Jerome County Fairgrounds has events that fall under the CDC recommendations of canceling gatherings of 50 people or more. We want to proactive and help our community and state “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19. 

Opportunities at the Fairgrounds
The Jerome County Fair does encourage people to take your wellness seriously. Our arenas and track are not closed. However, we do recommend that you follow good community distancing practices. Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and most importantly, if you are sick please stay home. 

The fair office’s door will be closed but the Fair manager can be contacted via phone or email during this time.  Please remember, these measures will be updated as the situation evolves and are subject to change.

Fair office phone 208-324-7209; Maintenance phone 208-293-7376;

Jamie Rupert, Director
Jerome County Fair