As floodwaters inundated the Washington County Fairgrounds last month, members of the Fair Board watched in disbelief.

“We went 'Oh my gosh, there's a lot of water here,'” Fair Board President Jason Cloudt told the Enterprise.

But not once did Fair Board members consider cancelling the 101st Washington County Fair, which kicks off July 26.

It could have been quite easy for the board to look at the flooded fairgrounds and the damaged buildings and make a different decision. It is going to take a substantial amount of work to restore the facility to what it once was.

But volunteers — both from within and outside the community — have already stepped forward, asking what they can do to help.

Only three days after the Elkhorn River overflowed its banks, Fair Board members, associate board members and community members were at the fairgrounds, assessing the damage and cleaning what they could even before the water receded.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will gather at the Rybin Building once again to begin the long and tedious process of cleaning the buildings and repairing the damage.

The first event to be held at the Two Rivers Bank Arena since the flooding will happen Saturday night.

This is all thanks to those who care so deeply about one of the jewels of this county — the Washington County Fair.

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