Vendors hopeful for business at Delaware State Fair
HARINGTON, Del. – Fairgoers may notice there aren’t as many options for food and retail at the Delaware State Fair this year and that’s because the fairgrounds are limited to 60 percent capacity due to COVID-19.
Fair officials say when it comes to concessions, there are about 45 vendors this year which is about a 20 percent decrease from previous years. There are also less retail booths but one vendor tells 47 ABC they’re taking advantage of this opportunity because many other fairs they usually go to aren’t happening because of COVID-19.
“Unfortunately all these vendors here are like mom and pop owned businesses trying to grow or any businesses trying to grow and it has a huge effect on all of us. So when we did hear about the opportunity we wanted to be the first ones here. It’s exciting to be here but we want to see how it goes. Obviously it’s not going to be like last year,” says Omar Gomez, a vendor with Soldier Solutions.
Fair officials say the marketplace is also full of vendors but it has a new layout with limited capacity and the fairgrounds were designed this way to allow for more room for people to social distance.