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Trempealeau County Fair cancels 2020 event

Kaitlyn Riley

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Another local fair was added to the growing list of events being cancelled because of COVID-19 in 2021.

The Trempealeau County Agricultural Society voted to cancel this year’s fair which was scheduled for July 16-19. Other activities at the county fairground in Galesville were also canceled through Aug. 31.

“The Trempealeau County Agricultural Society Board of Directors (Trempealeau County Fair Board) assessed the risk to our exhibitors, their families, our volunteers and public and determined that we are unable to host the 2020 Trempealeau County Fair,” the fair’s organizers said today in a statement posted on social media. “Our exhibitors and fair traditions are very important to us, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of every patron that joins us at the Trempealeau County Fair.”

As part of its decision, the board also ruled that any youth exhibitor who is aging out of participation this year and is enrolled in a 2020 project will be eligible to participate in the 2021 Trempealeau County Fair within the same project area. That exception is only made for the 2021 Trempealeau County Fair, with the organizers more information will be released as plans are completed.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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