I guess it’s just the world we live in now. Let’s face it:  there wasn’t as much at the La Paz County Fair as there had been in year’s past. It was still a great show, and I’ll bet most fairgoers had a good time. I know I had a lot of fun. However, it felt like something was missing.

What was missing, of course, was the Miss La Paz County Scholarship Pageant and the usual large number of exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall. With the pageant, it was because the coronavirus pandemic cancelled last year’s state and national Miss America competitions. I suspect some exhibitors stayed away because of concerns over the pandemic as well.

I don’t know about you, but I will be very happy when that nasty little bug is done. It’s screwed up everything.

We should probably be glad we had a fair at all this year. The coronavirus numbers in the state and the county are way down, and we can be cautiously optimistic. However, that little bug is still very much around and still causing trouble. Many public events around the state and in the county have been cancelled due to concerns over the virus.

This year’s fair saw plenty of reminders of the days we live in now. There were hand sanitizing stations all over the place, and a lot of people wore face masks. There were social distancing reminders posted in many places. City of Fun had social distancing reminders and markers on the ground in the carnival area.

There was still plenty to enjoy at this year’s fair. The Youth Livestock Auction is always an exciting highlight, and it was no different this year. It’s fun to see what these young people have raised over the past year.

City of Fun’s carnival lived up to its name. There were also plenty of food vendors with a variety of delightful dishes in the food court. It was all so good, it would’ve been easy to overdo it. Maybe next year they can have a vendor selling Alka-Selzer, Pepto-Bismol and Tums.

We got to hear some great music from some local bands. In the Exhibit Hall, you could still see the 4-H projects, as well as view the creativity of county residents in the hobbies section.

All things considered, the 2021 La Paz County Fair was a great show. The Fair Board, the organizers, and the volunteers did a great job, as always. They can give themselves a big pat on the back, and we can give them all a lot of applause. The fair is something all the county can be proud of.

I know the 2022 fair will also be a great show. I just hope things are a little closer to normal then. I hope, with the falling numbers and the growing number of people who have been vaccinated, that little bug will have played itself out.

Does anyone know where viruses go to retire? I’m not sure I want to know.

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