ALL FAIRGOERS GET FREE ADMISSION TO THE SANGAMON COUNTY FAIR BY PRESENTING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD AND ID AT THE GATE
SANGAMON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINE CLINIC ONSITE
REFUND OF FAIR ADMISSION AFTER RECEIVING VACCINE
To help celebrate Sangamon County’s bicentennial year and to increase awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine, Sangamon County is offering free gate admission to the Sangamon County Fair this year to anyone who shows their COVID-19 vaccine card with ID at the gate. The Sangamon County Public Health Department is also going to offer a free vaccine clinic onsite from 4:00pm-7:00pm each day (June 16-20) for fairgoers to receive their vaccine and get a refund of their gate admission.
“This year Sangamon County celebrates its 200th birthday, and as we all know, we haven’t been able to celebrate much of anything in the traditional way. We thought this would be a great way to celebrate our bicentennial and at the same time raise awareness and encourage residents to get their vaccines,” said Andy VanMeter, chairman of the Sangamon County Board.
“We are excited to partner with Sangamon County on this program as we believe it will encourage people to come out to the county fair and also help get our vaccination rates up in Sangamon County,” said Nathan Smith, president of the Sangamon County Fair board. “Our fair was canceled last year with almost everything else, so we hope to have one of our best years yet.”
In order to get into this year’s fair for free, residents must bring their vaccination card that indicates that they have received at least their first dose of the vaccine and show their driver's license or state ID. All fairgoers who do not present their vaccine card (ages 5 and up) will pay the regular $10 admission fee. “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and reach an audience that we might not have been able to otherwise,” said Gail O’Neill, director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. “We are trying to do everything we can to provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine. We will always remember that we did our best to safely celebrate the county’s bicentennial year during a pandemic.”
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