Nathan Wooten confirmed in a July 2 email that the 1945 Dade County Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s extension of the current executive orders.
Wooten said that the event will not be rescheduled for a later date after it was moved from July 4 to July 18. The Fireworks Show continued as planned however, taking place at 9:15 p.m. in Trenton.
“The City of Trenton sent me an email [July 1] denying our request for use of the City Park and Civic Center for July 18 due to Governor Kemp’s extension of the current COVID-19 restrictions [that will be in effect] through Aug. 11,” Wooten said.
During the special called meeting by the Trenton Board of Commissioners on June 22, the board determined that the biggest problems preventing the event from occurring were social distancing and liability insurance.
While Wooten would find a solution to the latter, it was expected that Kemp’s orders would not change to allow the expected number of people planning to attend the fair. City Attorney Steven Rodham said that the city would face a misdemeanor charge if the fair occurred with Kemp’s current orders.
“I wouldn’t be in favor of [changing the date again],” a visibly frustrated Nathan Wooten said at the meeting. “This is just beginning to get too hard. We’ve already moved it once.”