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Dates set for Cuyahoga County Fair's return this summer

The fair will be held August 10-15. To get you in the mood, there will also be a 'Fair Food Drive Thru' on May 1-2.

BEREA, Ohio — With COVID-19 guidance from the state of Ohio in place, the Cuyahoga County Fair has announced it will make its return to Berea this summer. 

The fair will take place August 10-15. However, if you can't wait that long to enjoy some delicious fair food, there will be a "Cuyahoga County Fair Food Drive Thru" at the fairgrounds in Berea on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state anticipates having full county fairs this year. Ohio's first set of county fairs will get underway in June. 

The state's guidance for fairs includes social distancing, limiting grandstand audiences to 30% and requiring masks, depending on where the state's coronavirus case numbers are at that point. However, many fairs are hopeful the situation will be much better come this summer, and are planning for it.

The Cuyahoga County Fair's Tim Fowler told 3News' Will Ujek that they're looking at changes from traffic direction to even the way they sell tickets, just to be safe.

"We're looking at everything from our airflow [to] our traffic patterns," Fowler said. "We're going to be looking at the spacing of our concessioners and looking at possibly how we can have open air for our larger groups."

They're all changes that'll be an easy concession to make for fair boards hoping for packed concessions, rides and people in a few short months.

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Editor's Note: The below video aired on March 12, 2021