Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair kicks off its 30th anniversary as guests are urged to adhere to COVID-19 protocols

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR)– On Friday, the Danville-Pittsylvania Fair opened with long lines at the ticket booths. This comes after the fair was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

With a rise in COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, managers at the fair strongly encourage masks among those attending the event. Many fair-goers say this is not the time to get too comfortable.

“The numbers are going back up with COVID and stuff, and I was pretty sure that people were not going to wear masks,” said Katelyn Mack.

Mack traveled from North Carolina to participate in the fair activities, but her number one rule was that she and her kids needed to wear masks.

“I just feel like we need to social distance more so the number goes back down,” said Lee McGeorge.

To combat the rise in COVID-19 transmission, managers at the fair have place QR codes all around the fairgrounds. The codes allow fair-goers to scan their cellphones to check on the latest CDC guidelines.

Fair manager, Bonnie McDermott, says it’s important to inform the community.

“At every ride, you can use hand sanitizer on and off of the rides. We have them around the porta johns and the bathrooms,” said McDermott.

The fair, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will run until Saturday, Sept. 25. Visitors can expect two nights of bull riding, demolition derbies, and more. You can also buy wristbands for all-day rides.

For more information on the fair, visit their website by clicking here.

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