Delta Fair underway with added security, safety measures as COVID cases surge

MID-SOUTH — The Delta Fair kicked off Friday at the Agricenter.

The annual event is returning this year even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the Mid-South.

Medical experts are urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing at large events during the Labor Day weekend.

Jan Hamilton, representing the Fair, spoke about the changes this year to keep people safe.

“The rides will be cleaned every couple of hours,” Hamilton said. “We are trying to do everything we can to keep people healthy.”

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Last year, the Fair was canceled due to the virus.

This year guests will have to wear face masks inside buildings, in accordance with Shelby County’s health directive.

Social distancing is recommended and hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the fairgrounds.

Health officials said people who are unvaccinated should avoid large crowds.

Dr. Daunte Thompson, head of the ER at Baptist-Crittenden, said unvaccinated people should not be in large gatherings.

“It’s very likely if you’re out in large crowds, you will contract COVID-19 if you’re unvaccinated,” Thompson said.

The Fair starts at 4 p.m. and runs each day through Sept. 12.

This year’s festivities include Redneck Yacht Races, the Delta 500 Derby, a Children’s Parade, Memphis Wrestling, livestock shows and more.

Musical acts include The Josephines, Nitty Gritty, Sound Fuzion, Zach Bair Band, and more, including many local acts.