COVID-19 Crisis Transforms Annual Central Alabama Fair into Fall Festival in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom–

COVID-19 has caused some major changes to the annual Central Alabama Fair in Selma. And as a result, organizers have even changed the name of this year’s event.

Fair Manager John Haskell is working to get the fairgrounds ready for this year’s event.

“It’s going to be different,” said Haskell.

“We’re going to call it the Central Alabama Fall Festival instead of the Central Alabama Fair.”

Haskell says the festival won’t have the pageants, performances, arts and craft exhibits or the petting zoo  that the fair would. But it will have the rides, games and the food that people enjoy.

Haskell says the festival is the perfect opportunity for people tired of being cooped up indoors due to COVID-19 to get out of the house and have a little fun.

CDC guidelines will be followed at the festival — he said that includes social distancing when possible — face masks and temperature checks at the gate.

“Going to have hand sanitizer machines set up around the area where they can wash their hands,” said Haskell.

“The carny people told me that they going to stop the whole ride and spray down every so often.”

Admission to the festival is $5 dollars. And children under 3 feet tall get in free.

The Central Alabama Fall Festival is sponsored by the Selma Lions Club.

It runs October 6th through 10th.

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