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Majority of Russell County Free Fair Canceled

Russell County Commission Meeting 5-4-20The Russell County Commissioners met Monday and voted to cancel a majority, but not all, of the 2020 Russell County Free Fair due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Commissioners met with the Russell County Fair Board and the Extension Council on Monday at the Russell County 4-H Building.

The following motion was passed after the discussion: The carnival, outside exhibits and entertainment will be canceled. No fairground building will be open to the general public and no food stands. 4-H judging will continue with a show-and-go format from trailers for animals and static entries will be able to be judged from the 4-H Building with set times to be judged. The Commissioners also encourage the public and 4-H youth members to make private sales of their animals. The only open class show will be the horse show. Porta potties and hand washing stations will be highly recommended due to all buildings being closed. This will also be dependent on what the state of Kansas does in regards of COVID-19 requirements.

County Commissioner Don Boxberger...

Also Monday, the Commissioners heard a report from County Appraiser Kenton Lyon. Lyon reported that due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on oil and agriculture prices, county valuations are down about an eighth or 12.5 percent, which will have a significant impact on the value of a mill and the 2021 county budget.

The budget is currently being built and will be approved in August.

Boxberger...

Speaking of the budget, a few annual budget requests were also presented to the Commissioners on Monday.

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