GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Clay County Agricultural Fair is back after the event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fair is the first major event with full capacity crowds in Northeast Florida since the pandemic began. Masks are strongly encouraged but not required, and there are other precautions in place like sanitation stations.
One of the families who attended the fair on opening day was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his family.
“I think people are excited. We were able to go about a month ago to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, which is a big deal there. We saw this coming up. My kids love it, the first lady loves it, so we’re happy to be here. I think people will have a lot of fun,” DeSantis told News4Jax on Thursday.
“We’ve obviously had an approach we want people to be able to make decisions and do things they think are enjoyable. I think this will be real successful.”
Rick Powell was eager to get out on the first night of the fair.
“It’s a big morale booster. I think everyone needs to get out and do a little something, you know, to get away from work and get your family out and get to see some things you haven’t seen in quite some time,” Powell said.
Live music is back, too.
“We’ve been really anxious to get out and watch some concerts this year,” said Jordan Davis. “We’re super excited to see that Clay County opened up and we’re able to come out and have a good time.”
One Clay County official told News4Jax this could be the most packed fair ever, and traffic backups are expected.
SCHEDULE, TICKETS & MORE: ClayCountyFair.org
Fairgoers can also get a COVID-19 shot when they purchase a ticket to enter the fair. The shots will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis to those fairgoers who want them.
The Clay County Fair will run through April 11.