Thursday was day one of the Delaware State Fair and while many of the popular events like concerts were canceled this year organizers say the show must go on.
“Our job here this year is to put together a fair. We know it’s not the Delaware state fair but we did our best efforts to really focus in on safety,” says Danny Aguilar, the assistant general manager for the Delaware State Fair.
People visiting the Delaware State Fair this year will notice some changes as soon as they get out of their car. “When they arrive to the shuttles, we want to make sure they’re wearing a face covering. When they come to the main gate we have six foot social distancing markers on the ground, making sure everyone is social distancing properly,” says Aguilar.
Through out the fairgrounds there are plenty of places to clean your hands as well as signs reminding you of important health safety measures and every half hour you’ll hear announcements over the loudspeakers.
Last year, a record breaking 328-thousand people visited the fair over ten days but organizers don’t expect those kinds of numbers this time around. “We’re monitoring the numbers of folks coming in through the gate. So when we hit a certain threshold at that point in time we will look at maybe backing off slightly on attendance,” says Aguilar.
They’re also offering free admission between 8 Am and 11 AM then half off admission from 11 AM to 4 PM. “Those two programs are to really designed to encourage folks to come earlier knowing that because it’s hot most people wait until it gets a little cooler at night time,” says Aguilar.
Fairgoers will likely notice there aren’t as many options for food or shopping but organizers say that was done on purpose and there’s still plenty to enjoy. “The carnival is wide open. We have great fair food, maybe not as many food vendors but that’s by design by spreading things out and making sure we have enough distance between vendors,” says Aguilar.
47 ABC spoke with some visitors on opening day and they say it’s worth adjusting to the new guidelines. “Everybody is basically following the rules and I feel safe that’s why we’re here if we didn’t think we would be safe we wouldn’t be here,” says Sam Angeloni, a fairgoer.
“The fair is a tradition. I’ve been coming here every year since I was a teenager. I wouldn’t miss it.”
Organizers are hoping these small but important changes help keep everyone safe while continuing this beloved Delaware tradition.
The Delaware State Fair is open every day through August 1st beginning at 8 AM. For more information about daily events visit DelawareStateFair.com.