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Central Alabama Fair will look different this year

The Central Alabama Fair will have a different look this year.

The weeklong event will be called the Central Alabama Fall Festival, not the Central Alabama Fair. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and conclude Saturday night.

Because of COVID-19, the festival will not have the Central Alabama Pageant, singing contest, arts and craft exhibits or the petting zoo. The usual “fair foods” will be available.

Central Alabama Fair President Russell Haskell said changes were made because of the coronavirus. The Central Alabama Fall Festival is sponsored by the Selma Lions’ Club.

“You can’t call it a fair because of the agriculture,” Haskell said. “As a fundraiser, we’re calling it a fall festival.”

Gate tickets are $5 each day. Children under 36” tall get in free.

The Carnival/Amusement company will be cleaning and sanitizing the rides at intervals as specified in the CDC Guidelines. Hand sanitizers will be located throughout the midway and the Fair Park.

Masks are required and must be worn according to the current Alabama mandatory mask mandate.

Temperatures will be checked at the gate and spectators will be asked the following questions:

– Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

– Are you experiencing a new cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

– Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

– Have you had new loss of taste or smell?