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Published 4/14/2020
4:08pm

Officials Plan To Make Decision on Fate of 2020 County Fair By June 1st

Statewide Suspension of 4-H Events Being Taken Into Consideration, But Is Not Only Factor

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The Shiawassee County Fairgrounds is closed until June 1st. All events until that time are cancelled, the fair office recently announced, also noting that the camping lottery is postponed.

The fair office is also closed and the organization is responding to inquiries on Facebook through volunteers.

"Our priority during this time is the safety of our employees and members of the Shiawassee County Fair community. We are honoring the guidance provided by our county and state, while doing our best to evaluate decisions carefully and to the fullest extent. "

On Monday, the fair office said that June 1st is the organization's target "decision date" regarding the status of the 2020 Shiawassee County Fair. Read the full statement below.

"June 1 is our target “decision date” regarding the status of this year’s Fair. We recognize the importance of making informed decisions and not rushing. Our Fair Board is comprised of parents, 4-H leaders and community members who are extremely understanding of our exhibitors’ position and are committed to providing every opportunity possible as long as it is safe to do so.

While 4-H is an important partner in our fair, the statewide suspension of 4-H events does not encompass our fair as a whole and we are exploring ways to navigate that situation in order to best serve our county’s youth.

We are continuing to follow our county health department’s guidance and are continuing to plan for this year’s fair as best as we can under the “stay home” order.

Due to the closure of our office, this page is monitored by volunteers who are doing their best to keep up with an overwhelming number of questions and notifications. We appreciate your concern and passion for our fair."

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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

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Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.