Superior's Head of the Lakes Fair opens to public under new health guidelines

Updated: July 21, 2020 08:46 PM

Superior's Head of the Lakes fair opened to the public Tuesday afternoon under new COVID-19 health guidelines.


The fair is one of the few summer family-friendly outdoor events available to the community during COVID-19. Lots of work has been done to ensure it's a safe and fun time for everyone.

Folks will still get the full fair experience of enjoying delicious fair food, getting on fun rides, playing games, and seeing farm animals but as attendees make their way inside the fair this year there's some new health protocols they'll be seeing.

"We're having extra hand sanitation stations brought in they will be installed all over the grounds so you will be able to find it very easily," said Daniel Litchke, the director of the fair.

Staff and food vendors will be wearing face masks and face masks be available for purchase too for attendees. Staff will also do temperature checks at the entrance and ensure everyone is social distancing.

"Our fairgrounds is quite large it's over a million square feet so social distancing will not be a problem here," said Litchke.

The Douglas County Health Department has been working with fair coordinators on health prevention.

"I think that the coordinators have done everything that they can to make the environment as safe as possible and now we expect that people who are coming to do the same," said Kathy Ronchi, the health officer of the Douglas County Health Department.

Health officials said that's why it's important we all do our part to make this a safe experience for everyone. Those who are showing signs of COVID-19 or are quarantining should not attend the fair.

"Being outdoors the risk is lower but if somebody comes who has a family member or a friend or something who's positive or is actively sick, you're bringing that to the fair with you and you potentially could spread it to those people around you," said Ronchi.

This isn't stopping the excitement the fair brings. 4-H exhibitor Reese Coyle has been coming to the fair since he was little and always looks forward to showcasing his two horses.

"Definitely come I mean it's a community event so I'd say you should definitely come and check everything out but obviously take your precautions and wear masks," said Coyle.

"Come have a great time 2020 hasn't been that great of a year so try to enjoy some of it if you can," said Litchke.

The fair runs through July 26. It opens at 11 a.m. To learn more details click here.

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