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County fair making few changes when opening next week

A pig takes a much-needed drink of water while standing in a pen at the 2019 fair. Most animal exhibits are expected to continue for the 2020 fair but without the 4-H’s active participation.

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Dale Hodkiewicz, president of the Shawano County Agricultural Society, speaks at the 2019 opening ceremony for the Shawano County Fair. The 2020 fair will still be holding the opening ceremony and most other events as normal.

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A chicken watches the crowd from its cage during the 2019 Shawano County Fair. The small animal auction, along with the livestock and cake auctions, are going virtual this year to allow for social distancing at the events.

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There will be some changes at the Shawano County Fair in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials believe they’ll be subtle enough that the average fair patron shouldn’t notice many of them.

The fair is one of only three in northeast Wisconsin that is still going on, the other two being Brown and Marinette. Brad Luepke, the fair’s marketing coordinator, said about 60% of the people he has communicated with felt it was important that the fair not be delayed or canceled.