CIRCLEVILLE – A local man Zachery Colter has started a petition online insisting that Pumpkin Show cancelled due to COVID-19 fears, this just days after Gov. Dewine released a outline on how fairs should be handled in the summer months.
The online petition says that Pumpkin show hosts more that 400,000 people during the four days in October and that is more than ten times our population. The petition said other large gatherings such as Red, White and Boom, Ohio State Fair and other larger gathering fairs have been cancelled.
On May 26 Ohio had 33,006 COVID-19 cases to date, and on May 27 33,439 COVID-19 cases in Ohio adding only 433 cases in the entire state of cases. Currently there are 109 local residents who have tested positive 97 of those cases have recovered at this time, leaving only 12 active cases in Pickaway county, some of those active cases are staff members from PCI.
Pickaway County Fairgrounds said on a online post,”We are NOT cancelling the 75th Pickaway County Fair, Though our fair overall will be modified, our jr. fair exhibitors that choose to, can confidently continue working hard on their projects to proudly show their livestock and compete the week of June 20.”
Dewine’s outline for mandatory practices does include food vendors, fair rides, and camping. These mandatory guidelines can be read here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/County-Fairs.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3hyA_gZ4j2a2Fcnv5UFXk23Bj2FolCqnkrueuKoRVl1ZjVxqoqZty-2ik
Even though Pumpkin Show is five months away still Vice President Barry Keller who also is a Circleville City Councilman spoke during a council meeting on this situation last month.
“Tonight’s Resolution authorizes the Annual Circleville
Pumpkin Show. This year’s show will be the 114 th Pumpkin
This is the normal timing to adopt this Resolution for
The Pumpkin Show Committee will receive guidance from
State & Local Government Officials. Board of Health and
the OFEA (Ohio Festival and Events Association) for
guidance and “best practices” related to the COVID-19
Over the next 5 ½ months, the Pumpkin Show Committee
will monitor other fairs, festivals, the State Fair and other
large gatherings to help guide us in the best decision.”
Keller repeated these statements in a council meeting in April also,
Councilman Keller who is also the vice-president of the Pumpkin Show committee said that, “I asked Councilwoman Katie Hedges to add this to the agenda because I am getting lots of questions from the general public and the media about the plans for the 2020 Circleville Pumpkin show., and as of today we are planning to hold the festival. So I thought it was appropriate to go ahead and get the resolution to committee and City Council for Approval to kind of let the public aware we are planning to host the 114 edition of The Circleville Pumpkin Show.”