After a pandemic-reduced Delaware State Fair this year, organizers expect more preparation to bring better times in 2021.
The 2020 State Fair managed only one-third of its usual attendance thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and measures enacted by the fair to keep people safe.
Fair officials head into 2021 with a clearer understanding of what the state expects in terms of protective and proactive approaches to combat COVID-19.
"We're all learning as time continues safe practices," said Delaware State Fair Assistant General Manager Danny Aguilar. "So, we're certainly adjusting and making modifications and monitoring the process and progress that we as a state and the country are making and when we know, we'll be ready for '21."
And Aguilar explains last year’s experience should make it easier to adjust on the fly again, if necessary.
"If we need to adjust and move into a split show situation, we've already gone through that and experienced it and are able to adjust accordingly," said Aguilar. "Our food vendors understand and we understand that they need to space out and social distancing so there are several we learned from 2020 and some things we're actually going to implement in 2021 and then we're prepared to do so."
One bright spot is the fair released its concert list for next summer this week. Of course, it is pending because of COVID-19, but includes Hank Williams, Jr., Sam Hunt and Vanilla Ice.