After a long dry spell, Davis County’s bingo players will finally be back in action next Saturday.
After cancelling the 2020 fair due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Davis County Fair Board decided to schedule two of its best revenue-generating activities — bingo and the pie auction — on September 19 to bring in funding for the 2021 fair.
Tonya Huggins, who organizes bingo events for the Fair Board, said Bingo will be offered in the 4-H Building from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Players will take a break during the pie auction at 5 p.m., then resume play until 9 or 9:30 p.m.
“We’re planning a $50 blackout, sponsored by the Kalico Kids 4-H Club, at the end of the evening,” she added.
“There has been no bingo since the outbreak of COVID in mid-March,” Huggins said. “Once we start bingo again on Sept. 19, we plan to play on Oct. 14 and 28 and continue twice a month through the winter months unless they shut us off.”
Certain changes will have to be made during bingo games, however, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Huggins said disposable bingo cards would be sold and used for each game. Players will be asked to bring their own daubers or purchase them at the event.
Tables will be set up to promote social distancing and plenty of hand sanitizer will be available. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Huggins said players may bring their own snacks, but they will not be able to share food.
“If you don’t feel good, please be considerate of others and stay home,” she warned.
“People are wanting to play bingo, but we definitely want to keep everybody safe,” she said.