BERRIEN SPRINGS — After much discussion during the past three months, the Board of Directors of the Berrien County Youth Fair (BCYF) announced on June 18 that it has decided to postpone the 75th Anniversary Berrien County Youth Fair to August 16-21, 2021.

According to a June 18 press release, the Board Directors and volunteers are planning a showcase and exhibition for the youth this summer. Slated for August 15-23, the “Berrien County Showcase – Where Youth are Essential” will allow the Fair to showcase the exhibits of our county’s youth in a different format and still comply with the current Executive Orders.

The Berrien County 2020 Showcase – Where Youth are Essential will be open to Berrien County Youth between the ages of 5 and 20 as of January 1. Exhibitor eligibility rules will still apply. There will be no premiums paid to the exhibitors, no traditional BCYF ribbons and no trophies. The showcase will not be open to the public. Only exhibitors and their parents/guardians should plan to attend the Showcase. There will be a one-day showcase for all exhibit areas and there may be multiple department showcases each day. More information, including livestock auction information, will be published as decisions are made.

Throughout the years, the Youth of Berrien County have and always will be the passion of the Board of Directors and all the volunteers that make the annual BCYF happen. This decision was not made in haste. Many months of discussion and sleepless nights went into this decision that the Board feels will ultimately protect the health of our exhibitors and fairgoers. Thinking outside the box and coming up with workable and safe solutions has been in the forefront of our Board’s decision making process.

Thank you for your patience during this process and thank you for your support of the Berrien County 2020 Showcase – Where Youth are Essential. We look forward to celebrating the 75th BCYF in 2021 where hopefully no masks will be required.

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