The people who’ve been preparing to host remaining county fairs in our area who’ve spent weeks working and reworking plans to host visitors in 2,020 may have thought they were as prepared as they could be, until yesterday. A new edict issued by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine will limit county fairs beginning on or after this Friday To junior fair activities, to live stock and other 4H and FFA competitions involving young people and says harness racing which is held must take place with out fans. Grand stand activities and rides will be prohibited under the order issued because of concerns over the continuing spread of the Coronavirus. It’s a big blow to county agricultural societies, to venders, ride operators and to a number of non profit groups which earn revenue from food they sell at county fairs each year. The governor hinted that a lack of compliance with social distancing and mask wearing requirements at some county fairs which have already been held played a part in the decision. State health officials didn’t have to send out investigators to find violations. They were well-documented in social media posts and photos. So now it’s back to the drawing board for county fair officials who will have to decide whether hosting a county fair this year is something they can afford to do economically based on the activities and events they won’t be able to offer. That’s the way I see it.