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Floyd County Fair Opens as Planned, Two Months After Tornado

July 19, 2019 06:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Less than two months ago, Floyd County Fair Board President Amy Staudt was at the fairgrounds when an EF1 tornado touched down just steps away from where she took shelter. The tornado caused damage to every building on the fairgrounds; five were a total loss.

Reflecting on that day, Staudt said, “after the tornado came through, initially you look at the grounds and think, the devastation, and how do we rebuild? Immediately in my head, thought there’s a possibility we may have to scale back.”

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Since day one, the fair board has made it clear that the devastation would not hold them back from the opening day of the fair, which was then just weeks away.

“I knew we were going to start somewhere and build. Actually, when you come look at the grounds today, we’ve done extremely well with our barn setup, our entertainments out here, and the Youth Enrichment Center has been a great addition to the fairground the last couple years. It’s been the only building that is our largest one and survived the tornado, so it houses a lot of stuff this fair,” Staudt said.

This week the fair is going off without a hitch.

“We have such a strong tradition and a wonderful group of people that supports our fair and runs the fair board. I didn’t have any doubts that it would take off,” said Charles City resident Heidi Worrall.

Event locations had to be shifted around because of the loss of the buildings, but they’re making the best of it.

And despite the intense heat, crowds are coming out to show their support.

“It certainly looks wonderful. They’ve done a great job of getting everything organized. A lot of cleanup, a lot of hard work went into it,” Worrall said.

The fair board wants the kids to have the chance to show all the projects they’ve worked hard on all year; because of this, the only event not able to take place this year is the Open Class.

The Floyd County Fair plans on having that return strong again next year.

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Brett Bachtle

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