06/24/2020- Menominee County is throwing their support behind an effort to ensure the UP State Fair can go on as scheduled this year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Board Tuesday considered a resolution asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer approve the risk mitigation plan submitted to her office by the Upper Peninsula State Fair Authority. That request was brought to the County by Senator Ed McBroom, who, along with other UP legislators, is pushing the Governor to make necessary changes to the state’s existing Executive Order to allow the state fair in Escanaba to happen. Vickie Micheau is with the UP State Fair and joined the Menominee County Board via web conference last night.
The risk mitigation plan is a critical component of this or any other large-scale event in the wake of COVID-19. The fair drew in close to 100000 people last year and Micheau says a decision on whether or not this year’s fair will happen at all is expected to be made next week.
The Menominee County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the resolution in support of the approval of the mitigation plan and allowance of the fair. This year’s UP State Fair is tentatively scheduled for August 17th through the 23rd.