We are so blessed to live in Florida as we have had less restrictions than other states. Tasha Hyder, General Manager from Clay County Florida Agricultural Fair, felt bad for others around the state and country on how many restrictions they had while she had very little. In 2020, she had her first virtual fair, but in 2021 she was back to normal with record attendance. In Jacksonville, there is no mask mandate or even COVID plans that she has to submit. Her event is mainly outside and people are wanting to get back out there and be apart of something fun again.
Some unique things they did during the beginning of the pandemic were Food, Fun, and Flicks. They brought in fair vendors and created a place for people to come get fair food at their location socially-distanced. They also created concerts in pods. They painted circles on the grass and people sat in pods together and were able to still attend events, but stay safe. They added more hand sanitizer stations and signage around the venue. The hardest part of the event was that the acts they had coming were not local. She had three acts cancel on her, as they did not feel comfortable traveling, so Tasha and her team had to scramble to find someone to replace them.