Thousands of people attended the Washington State Fair this year as the fair’s doors closed for 2021 on Sunday night.
It has been a strange year with the covid-19 pandemic and the mandatory masks on the fairgrounds both indoors and outdoors. The result of a statewide mandate that impacted fairs and other major indoor and outdoor events statewide. Many fairs across the country say they expected smaller crowds due to state mandates and due to concern over COVID-19 itself.
FINAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED EARLY OF THE WEEK
No definitive figure is yet available, but the central Washington State Fair has undoubtedly seen smaller crowds. Some did not participate because they did not want to wear a mask. For others, it was because they didn’t want to be exposed to so many people in the event of a pandemic.
Even some popular food kiosks have been closed this year due to concerns over COVID-19 and the lack of volunteers available to operate the kiosks. The Lamb Burger food stand was closed this year and those at the fair were unable to get a nut ice cream bar as it was also closed in the farm building.
IF YOU WERE AT THE SHOW YOU FOUND ALL YOUR FAVORITES
Whatever the reason, it has been a difficult year without a doubt. But if you did, you were treated to all the annual favorites and a few new additions. New foods and old favorites, great music and an intense new action show called High Flying Dogs.
If you attended the fair, you were part of an event that thousands of people enjoyed in Yakima Valley despite all the concerns and mandates about COVID-19.